Goodbye South Africa…

As I sit here in Johannesburg alone, all I can think about is how ready I am to finish up here and get there.  “There” being Singapore.  Jamie got a job transfer and has already left.  I stayed behind to send the pets off and get the house packed.  It’s been over a week now since he went and I still have 5 more days.  The pet transport agency came and collected my precious cat yesterday – quite possibly one of the hardest days of my life.  I have had him for 16 years, which is half of my life, and now I am not able to take him with me on our next adventure.  I am so terribly sad.  He is going back to the US to live with my parents.  Yesterday was a rough day…

My dog gets collected on Wednesday.  At least he gets to come with us.  However, he has to stay in quarantine for 30 days.  The furniture gets packed Tuesday and Wednesday and I leave Thursday.  It seems like the minutes are creeping by…

Luckily the other night I got to host a girls’ night at my house and have one final “goodbye” with them.  Plus I had several bottles of wine to drink since we can’t take it with us.  We gave it a good crack!  Still have a couple of friends left to say goodbye…

It still hasn’t really sank in that we won’t be living in South Africa anymore.  Even though I am sitting in a nearly empty house with no cat, no husband and living out of a Yeti cooler because I have no fridge, or any appliances for that matter.  Still hasn’t sank in.  When we first moved here there were some struggles, but we were able to overcome them and let some things go.  I have grown quite fond of it here.  It will be strange to no longer be able to say “we live in Africa, where do you live?”  I guess I will have the same feeling saying “we live in Southeast Asia, where do you live?”  Odd.  But cool.

Africa will always have a pull on us.  It is definitely a place we will still go on holiday, still want to come back to.  If I could give one recommendation to people reading this blog…go to Africa.  Go and visit Africa before you die.  Put it on your bucket list and do it.  It is hard to put in to words how Africa makes you feel.  I have tried to write it in this blog, but couldn’t manage to put together a sentence that makes sense.  All I can say is what I have said before that someone told me, “there is something about Africa that has a pull on you.  Once you leave, you will long for the chance to come back to Africa again”.

Until next time South Africa…we will be back…

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