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Almost There

The time is really ticking now for our return back to Cape Town. Apologies for the lack of updates to the site lately but I've been sick with flu since Monday (well actually more like Sunday) and just been floating around the house.

It's 10 days to go and the house still looks perfectly normal - there really seems to be no rush as to get things done but we are progressing slowly but surely. The movers are coming on Monday the 17th to take most of our stuff off. Scary to think that we will be without all of our possessions for 6 to 10 weeks, so during that time we will be living out of 2 suitcases.

Coming to the UK was somewhat easier as when we got our flat here we had to buy most of the "essentials" so could get our flat filled with a few odds and ends. But it's quite cost effective to ship stuff off so this time we're sending over as much as we can. It's defiantly going to feel like Christmas when the stuff arrives thought!

I should be back in the office tomorrow so that means I've only got two days of work left waiting for me. Starting to feel rather sad as we've got some good friends there and we will definitely miss them loads. Everyone always promises to stay in touch when you leave but it rarely ever happens. I for one am guilty of that! There always seems to be an excuse as to why not to send off the email. There is always enough time if you decide to find some.

The really weird thing is (almost) this time a year ago we were about to be made redundant from our current position in the company. And here we are now leaving ...

Our time here has been interesting and we have been to and seen many things that we would not have been able to do should we have stayed in Cape Town. But home is where the heart is and our hearts are still back in Cape Town so we are so looking forward to returning.

My sister is going off to University this year so it will definitely be weird not having her at my moms place while we are staying over. Looking so forward to see my mom, dad and sister again - really feel as if I did not appreciate them as much as I should have while over there. But then you do not realise what you have until it's taken away from you - at least in my case they're all still there waiting for us!

Feels like we're going into some "foreign" country even though South Africa has been my home for 21 years. Wonder why that is .. we've only been away for 2 years but yet everything there still seems like home but foreign at the same time. No doubt once we land and get started we will fall right into place.

I've not told many people that we're returning as most of the people don't deserve to know and can find it out along the way. Certain people have not even bothered to stay in touch and I don't feel that you're worth the effort anymore. Why should I waste my time if they don't care huh? It's quite sad but I only have 1 or 2 real friends - but at least they're true.

We will have one week to laze around before I start work on 01 Feb. Actually I'm starting on Monday the 17th in the UK office so it will be a week of fun doing the whole 9 to 5 packed tube thing! Guess no stay in the UK is without that :)