Now that we are only waiting on our visas the reality of that we are moving to another continent ( in 17 days) is starting to hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve been scoping out some Ex-pat blogs and guides thankfully I’ve gained some pretty useful knowledge about our temporary home.
The biggest concern I have the moment isn’t the crime or the cultural differences, it’s the severe drought Cape Town is facing. There are currently water usage restrictions that limit usage to 87.5 liters a day or about 23 gallons. This goes well beyond the “if it’s yellow let it mellow” mantra many of us are familiar with. There are projections that the water will run out in 90 days. Turning the faucet and nothing coming out has never been a concern of mine living in the US, so this is new and frightening. See this article in Time for more info:Cape Town water crisis
I think we have everything else covered… plenty of plug adapters, power converters, clothes, and other of life’s necessities. The only hang up is going to be getting our boxes through customs. Which i’ve heard can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of months. As Phil ( a Canadian Ex-pat living in South Africa) over at Maple and Marula advised me: “Everything takes longer than you think… bring a book whenever you try to get something done.” As all my friends and family know I’m about as patient as a lighting bolt… so yeah, this is going to be an adventure for sure