Well, I guess it’s more appropriate to say I was dreaming of a white Christmas. So we headed back to The States for the holidays. Normally we would connect through Europe or the middle east, but United Airlines decided to start a seasonal flight between Newark, NJ, and Cape Town. We decided to give them a try, and wow what a letdown. The actual flight and food were fine, but EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of the cabin crew must have been having a bad day. Needless to say, we probably won’t be flying United for awhile.

So for the actual trip, we left Cape Town on the 21st of December AKA the longest day of the year, and arrived in Newark on the shortest day of the year… Aren’t hemispheres fun?? This made for some super fun Jet lag experiences as I was regularly waking up anywhere between 2 and 3 am daily… which also meant I was dead tired by 7 pm.

This gentleman recently turned 14

But all was not lost, we were able to enjoy time with family and friends ( as always there is never enough time to see everyone you want to or even planned to see (Sorry Marta!)) and most importantly we were able to hang out with our dog Senna. It was definitely a bitter-sweet trip because he’s slowing down and his arthritis is getting worse. But he was happy to see us, and we spoiled him with some Costco rotisserie chicken and got in some cuddles.

The weather seemed to mostly corporate with our plans, and we were happy that the general Wisconsin area experienced a relative heat wave, this was most welcome as we’ve gotten used to the mild temps in Cape Town. Don’t get me wrong, we were still cold, but we didn’t feel like we were going to die. We were able to get in some traditions: Friday night fish fry, New years day brunch, family game night, and an Old Fashioned (made the correct way). We even tried our hands at snowshoeing… Wow, it’s more like a workout than a normal walk in the woods.

Leaving as everyone knows is always hard, but we know that we have an amazing tribe of folks that will be excited to see us next time we are back. In spite of how great the trip was I was happy to get back to Cape Town, in many ways (despite all it’s flaws) it’s become home.

Until Next time!

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