Wow!!!  Has it really been a year already?  So much has happened, and yet not a lot.

My highlights for the past year would have to be a return trip to the US for the wedding of two friends, a family trip to Germany, and making some amazing friends in South Africa.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the low points as well.  They are having to fire our domestic worker, dealing with load shedding, and having our first visitors postpone their trip. (Cancelling the planned safari was another level of suck).

Everyday things that made me think “WTF?!?!” when we first got here, I now just accept as normal. Although the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the car is still strange.  But seeing, people walking around neighborhoods with a broom and dust bin to sweep streets, private security guards on street corners, electric fencing & walls around homes has just become normal.

I’ve been introduced to some amazing things about Cape Town.   The Kirstenbosch botanical gardens summer concert series, weekend farmers markets, amazing but affordable wines, and of course some amazing food.

In a few short weeks, we are moving to a new apartment in a less touristy neighborhood.  We are looking forward to having a different view, and a larger outdoor area to enjoy. The downsides will be less walkable shops and markets but with Uber so affordable here, there shouldn’t be too many issues.

Our second year will surely be filled with more adventures and hopefully our first visitors. Once we have visitors we’ll knock out some of the more touristy things that we’ve been putting off.


Ciao for now


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