So anyway, we live in South Africa now.
|Literally everything here will kill the hell out of you|
South Africa is like that guy you meet at a party who seems KIND of familiar. You're sure you know him from somewhere, but can't quite place where. He acts similar to the rest of your friends and doesn't seem very unusual to start with. But something seems a little off with him. And while you're trying to place how you know him, he takes off his pants and starts juggling swordfish (which he procured from who knows where) whilst barking into a kazoo. And then you think, "Ok, I THOUGHT maybe I knew him, but ya- I've never met this guy in my life."
While South Africa can feel like home sometimes-you can get all the food you like, it has all the amenities you're used to, etc- you quickly realize that NOTHING here is like home. You want to run a simple errand and have budgeted an hour, which would be overkill in Canada? Nope. It's going to take you all day. You want to get internet and figure you'll just make a phone call and make it happen? Nope. You'll make several phone calls. And then several more. And you still won't have internet. Just want to buy some appliances? Hahaha. Prepare to spend all day. And more.
But even with the frustrations of trying to get simple things done, it's already worth it. Want to see wild lions? Easy. Elephants? Hard to miss. Want great food? It's everywhere. And the people here are some of the most friendly (if usually hilariously and unintentionally unhelpful) people you'll ever spend time with.
So it's best to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Because as I've discovered, nothing happens quickly here. So you might as well appreciate the scenery.