Back to South Africa

IMG_1300 Although our main purpose in visiting South Africa was to do all the medical checkups required by our boss, we managed to combine that with a visit to dear friends that we hadn’t seen in 14 years, and who had never met our kids.  They were so gracious, giving us a place to stay and a car to use while we did many doctor’s appointments and then spent a number of days doing fun things like visiting a lion park, a cheetah park, a King Tut exhibit, seeing the penguins and whales off the coast (from the shore!), and of course the iconic Table Mountain from several viewpoints.  IMG_1361Kevin and I managed to go out a nice restaurant one night to celebrate the 23rd wedding anniversary that we had skipped 3 weeks before (too busy!), and we spent his birthday seeing some sights.  We stayed in the town where we did our graduate degrees, and it was an odd feeling to be back after so many years, seeing the same buildings and views, yet somehow very changed.  And we ourselves are very IMG_5066changed – and with kids!  We are very thankful for this time “in between” and the wonderful people who made it possible.  It was a much-needed transition period between our life in rough-and-ready Nampula and the better organized USA.  When it was time to go, we were ready to get on the “big plane” and wing 9 1/2 hours to Dubai, then a quick turnaround onto our 14 hour flight on to New York.  We are so thankful for all the uneventful, easy flights and that the luggage arrived with no problems.  Kevin’s parents were waiting for us, with the used car we bought from friends, and there we were – in the USA.  Kevin hadn’t been back in four years, though the kids and I came through that same airport 1 1/2 years ago.  Wow.  – C