The unusual cold front that swept through several provinces in South Africa just after we arrived, left our area here in the Drakensberg Mountains with power outages, inaccessible snow- and ice-covered roads, and long lines of traffic at a standstill. Not what you imagined when we talked of South Africa, eh? Imagine the people living in uninsulated huts or wooden cottages where the wind whips in between the slats!
I dared not complain about my minor lifestyle inconveniences, but I did miss not creating a more auspicious start to reports on our adventures here.
Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time I'm a firm believer in the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." If all is well with the world, why change things?
Having done (I lost count how) many moves in my adult life, and having just completed the first leg of this huge international move, I'd like to take a few cross-eyed-with-fatigue moments in quiet reflection to share some lessons learned in moving.
Admittedly, Nils and I are a bit starry-eyed, and even maybe Pollyanna-ish in our hopes of what life will be like in rural South Africa (see "Why South Africa"). To prove that we do have some perspective on what we're getting ourselves into, here are a few of the adjustments we know we'll face.
Some will be tougher than others.