Settling in to Cape Town……

My computer is fired up but the internet is currently a little intermittent, persevering all the same!  Just getting settled in at the moment and trying to laugh at the hilarity (instead of getting frustrated!!) at not knowing basic things like which way to turn out of the front door for starters?!  Where is the supermarket?  How do I get a phone?  Setting up a bank account? etc. etc.  Starting all over again basically!  The period of floating between two countries, having no house keys and only a suitcase in tow didn’t last long!  Now it is back to reality, only it is a very bright, shiny new reality that is different again to anywhere I have lived thus far!

Things do seem to go rather round the houses here before they get done but then I have got to appreciate the laid back vibe!  Going to the car registration office was like stepping into a time machine from every aspect from the systems and service to the decor, mood and lighting!  What was apparently supposed to be an instant administration turned into 2 days and now it is a week and it could be longer….. hey ho…. it is some where in the pipeline!

The good news is once it is granted I am going to get myself some wheels to drive around in.  This will be the first car I have ever owned!  You have got to commend me for my minimal carbon footprint!  I have been riding a bike and using public transport for years but living in Cape Town it is going to be much easier and safer if I have my own car…… yes very excited about this!  Although I can’t help feeling uncomfortable that now I am in a much poorer country I will finally own a car, it seems rather controversial.  Something I am going to have to get used to in many ways whilst living here.  Part of my purpose in being here though is to find ways to improve and add value to the community no matter how small they are and I hope to keep you posted on my endeavours as time goes by.

Watching out on the roads needs to be emphasized!  I have already noticed driving is some what erratic and the road rules are certainly not adhered to in all cases.  I have seen five accidents so far and noticed drivers bored at a set of red lights who decided they couldn’t wait any longer so just went anyway.  Never mind the number of people who play russian roulette with their bodies just running across the roads at any given moment amidst the high speed motorists.  I felt terrible for the road workers who were fixing some tarmac in the middle of four lanes of traffic whilst it sped past them.  No cordoning off the area or closing a lane whilst they carried out their task!   Health and safety in the UK or Australia would be having a conniption!

And where’s the fun in this…. no hooting!  Well I will make sure I don’t do any honking either….but I fear it may be absolutely necessary!

A sign post saying "No Hooting!"