Hello and Goodbye
We survived a frantic week of once-thriving pre-Covid, to almost deserted airports, a bumpy flight, unpacking, organizing, and repacking.
It was a happy and sad week of goodbyes to the son and his girlfriend before their departure to the Netherlands as they leave the country of their birth. They in turn said goodbye to friends, favourite places, waiters, cashiers, and staff at stores, even petrol attendants.
You see, here in SA we do interact with strangers, unlike their newly adopted country. People look at them strangely if they even say 'Hello'!
Hello, how are you? Hope you're having a good day... Loadshedding is hectic hey, traffic snarls again with no traffic lights! This heat is just so bad; how is your child/ parents/ wife/ girlfriend...
Small chit-chat, complaints, laughter, and empathy, all come naturally when you live in SA, even just a smile!
The restaurant overlooks this pond, with an office block on the other side.
A heat wave greeted us in Johannesburg, so ice-cold beers were most welcome and meal choices were cool and light.
We had many last get-togethers at some of their favourite places - a braai (BBQ) at the home of our son's best friend from school days, who works for the same company, restaurants and coffee shops that they regularly frequented.
They were not sad to experience their last load shedding (planned power outages), but were a little apprehensive as they sold or gave away all their possessions to start afresh in their newly adopted country. They still ended up having to pay for 2 bags of extra luggage, so went over with three bags each.
Mom has to safe keep Oupa's guitar that was given to him, as this is the one thing our son is sentimental about.
The girlfriend could not part with some of her clothes, so Mama B has to look after that as well.
We likely will take much of that over when we go in May, if all goes to plan.
Once they left I was able to track their flight but hardly checked in as I was running out of time to sort the boxes, crates, and more, but our son sent a couple of messages to say where they were!
I eventually did run out of time, sealed the boxes, and left them at our youngest son's apartment - needless to say he was not impressed as he doesn't have a lock-up garage, so boxes greet him now as he walks in!
Our week ended at yet another almost deserted airport when the son dropped us off on his way to work, so we had a hearty breakfast there.
My choice was a gorgeous Egg Benedict served on an English muffin with Bacon.
Durban greeted us with a different kind of heat wave - humid whereas Joburg has a dry heat, much more comfortable.
This stunning sculpture depicting the annual sardine run, graces the wall of our airport!
Back at home my small rose bush was showing off with a couple of really pretty roses.
What a mishmash of a hectic frantic week, but we survived and I can say, 'mission accomplished!'
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Seems SA is a friendly place where you can easily speak to people. Safe travels to your son. Would it be his first time visiting the Netherlands?
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Yes it's his first visit, the lack of interaction will take some getting used to😉
The photos you posted are really beautiful, they make me want to visit your country.
Thanks for sharing 🤗
We do have a beautiful country, just sad that basic services are failing, thank you for popping in @p1k4ppa10
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Welcome home, Lizelle. I am glad all went well. I am also glad, despite the circumstances, that you flew. I think that long drive would have been even more exhausting. Glad to hear D & A arrived safely. Hope they're settling in.
How is hubby?
You are so right Fiona, that's exactly what we both said, a long drive back home would have been a killer! I've never been so tired, both physically and mentally, but happy that everything went smoothly! Hubby's on the mend despite all the boxes!
Dean is on leave till 1 Feb, will meet the company's team and thereafter be allocated a client.
Andi's been super supportive, gave up a successful business that she started from scratch, but is determined to start afresh there, says it will be easier there as everything works, SA can be challenging as you know! She sold all her stock & her domain is up for sale now.
She also had a little sidekick business, a Yaga store, selling charity shop treasures. She's given that to me, plus her leftover stock. I'm waiting for the dust to settle tbough before I tackle that, there's no rush, 'Misthrift' can wait😉 but I'm looking forward to that. It will also be a nice outlet for decluttering!
Have a great Friday Fiona xxx
Hope you get a cool, quiet weekend, Lizelle! xx
Saying bye bye to loved onces… emigrating to a new country. I so understand.
I just arrived this week in country of residence number 6. New adventures are exciting and they will have the same 😎
So many differences between all of the countries I lived in. The Netherlands was country 3 for me and I lived there the longest of all of them. (28 years)
The difference you describe is real. People do not say hi easily…
Hope all goes well with them and they settle in well.
Happy weekend @lizelle 👋🏻😊
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What a beautiful group of photos. I hope all goes well for your son in his new home. That egg Benedict looks fabulous!
That is such bittersweet occasion. I remember when I left Columbus for Minnesota in 1995. They picked a wonderful country to move to. If I were to relocate the Netherlands would be in my top three choices. I hope you have lots of visits back and forth in the years to come. It's possible to maintain a close relationship over long distances. In some ways I think my family is closer because we cherish our face-to-face time much more when we're together.
Bittersweet indeed, but we're really happy for them! Sadly things are going downhill very fast here in SA resulting in talented young people emigrating!
We're really looking forward to the Netherlands, they're really amazed at Utrecht so far and we do keep in touch more often now.
I'm glad to hear you say that about the country, it's very comforting 🙏🏻
Unfortunately, that's how it's going in most major cities here in the US. We're seeing an exodus of people moving into the suburbs and the country. There's just no good reason to live in the cities anymore, they're too dangerous and expensive. Both Raymi and I fell in love with the Netherlands. It's such a balanced society. After speaking with a lot of the Dutch people over there and learning how they live it would be an easy choice to live there.
That's good to hear Eric, they're already in love with Utrecht & excited that it's safe to walk around the city at night, unlike here where you can't walk around anywhere, even have to be careful during the day. It's really not nice living like that, so I'm really happy for them!
I've never been to Utrecht but it looks beautiful. Even Amsterdam is safe, we never once felt nervous about being out at night. We've seen several people asleep in the grass in some of the city parks. You could never do that here, you'd wake up with a few less possessions (or worse). I'm very glad it's been an easy transition for your son and his girlfriend. Knowing he's happy makes it easier for you too I'm sure.
It certainly is comforting, we're also looking forward to going there in May for my big birthday🤩