Thursday, January 17, 2013

Welcome to South Africa

David and I arrived safe and sound in Cape Town, South Africa a week ago today. This country is absolutely beautiful and much different than we expected. All the worrying I did before our big move seems silly now, but isn’t that how worrying usually ends up! 

Our first day in Cape Town was spent sleeping as the jet lag after flying for two days is tough! But all that sleeping led to an early morning the next day as we got out for a day of sightseeing.  We spent the day touring the city on a double-decker bus that highlighted all the great things to see and do in Cape Town.  We also learned how brutal the South African sun can be. Although it was a windy and cool day, we both came home looking like lobsters!  The next day we took a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain. Table Mountain is a large, flat topped, mountain in the heart of Cape Town. From the top, you have gorgeous 360˚ views of the city and surrounding areas. 

After our weekend in Cape Town, we met our Rotary Host Sponsor, Gavin, and his wife, Issy. They welcomed us in to their home in Somerset West and have been extremely sweet in helping us get settled here in South Africa. 

On Tuesday morning we attended our first Rotary meeting with the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club and met many of the Rotarians that we will get the chance to work with over the next year.  That evening, Gavin and Issy hosted a “Braai” (or what we would call a barbeque) at their home and invited a few of their friends over for us to meet. It was such a fun evening with delicious food and great people. 

We have also spent a few days taking care of business as well. After what felt like a long search, we found a perfect apartment and also a great little car to help us get around. We hope to pick up the car and move in to the apartment as early as tomorrow.  

We have had a wonderful time in South Africa so far and look forward to what this year has in store for us. 



  1. Wow, sounds like it is going to be a great adventure!!! Can't wait to see pictures of the apartment!!!

  2. How exciting! So glad y'all are getting settled. Can't wait to hear more!

  3. How exciting! So glad y'all are getting settled. Can't wait to hear more!

  4. I was so excited wen I saw you had a new blog tonight! I'll admit, I'm a little jealous that y'all are in beautiful Cape Town and I'm in Cold Texarkana! I'm glad you've found a place and are getting settled. Can't wait to read the rest of your adventures!