South Africa trip :: 2014

3 December 2014

We recently got back from our awesome holiday in Cape Town.  It really was amazing but so totally different now that we have a baby.  Jack was so good on the plane, gosh I was so anxious about the flight but needn't have worried.  As soon as the lights were dimmed for take off he happily went off to sleep.  Thank goodness for night flights!

As soon as we started to fly over Cape Town and I could see the buildings, the roads and the beautiful mountains by heart just swelled with pride and a sense of being home.  I love that feeling.  The sunshine, the blue skies and the vibe that Cape Town oozes just makes me breathe out a huge sigh of relief of "I am home".  It;s like walking in the door after a long day at work and collapsing on your couch with a cup of tea or crawling into your own comfy bed after being away.

Every time we drove somewhere and I saw the mountain ahead of us I just couldn't help but stop and stare - gawd I sound like such a tourist but because I live away from all of it, when we visit it really takes my breath away.  Anyways, we had such a fun time but phew it is hectic with fitting in friends, family and then relaxing and finding time to do what we want to do.  And I won't lie at times we found it all a bit too much so we have to work on the whole balance thing!  But at the end of the day we had a happy time and that is all that matters.

Highlights include spending time with my precious family, taking Jack to the beach for the first time, eating lots of yummy food, a picnic at Kirstenbosch, seeing my very special friends (and we didn't take any photos with them - I am rubbish!!), having a massage at the beautiful Vineyard Spa, visiting Vergelegen Wine Farm, going for early morning walks with my mom and the dogs and just enjoying and soaking up the sunshine.

This holiday has made us realise (even more) how very rad Cape Town is and what a beautiful place it is to live.  We have asked so many people their thoughts on moving back there and yes we are still seriously considering it. We still have a lot to work out and think about but life is short. And we are young and so is Jack.  So this would be the perfect time to do it.

We went out for lunch on our last day and I saw a poster that said "Go on, please go do that thing you have always wanted to do".  It really struck a chord for me.  For almost ten years I have been in the UK and not one day goes by where I don't have a yearning to go back.  And it has become even stronger since Jack has arrived. I understand many of you think that this yearning is normal and will start to fade eventually and that I am yearning for something that might not be there anymore but I just can't shake this feeling that Cape Town is where we belong.

So lets see what happens.  You never know, it might turn into nothing but it might mean that this time next year we will be living in the most beautiful city in the world.  Home.


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