With so many things happening in South Africa lately, hubby and I can’t help but wonder: “Should we pack up and leave South Africa?” I even went as far as searching for flights to London and other countries without any actual plan of action whatsoever.
Not a very smart move, I know. Especially since we have kids that we’re responsible for. But in the moment of panic and when that parental instinct kicks in, one can’t help but act on it. Can you relate?
If theres anything I’ve learned in life though, its to never act on feelings of panic. This is when the biggest mistakes are made. And I cannot imagine making a mistake that involved my kids.
I then reminded myself to just breath a little and write abit. Writing helps me release alot of stress. It helps me reassess matters. And it sure does help me find answers. There was a time where I felt like it was so expensive to just take the kids out. So I wrote about a few budget friendly activities to do in Cape Town with children that we had visited in the past. It helped.
I’ve written a whole bunch of articles that didn’t make it as far as being published on my blog but after writing them, I felt so much better than I did before I started writing them.
Should we pack up and leave South Africa
So I’m going to use this opportunity to write about all the reasons why I think we shouldn’t pack up and leave South Africa. All the things that we’ll dearly miss if we left South Africa. Its Heritage month and it’s Tourism month so theres been loads of posts doing the rounds on social media, reminding us of our various cultures. And it sure has reminded me that this is home.
I’m hoping that by the end of this article I will have some clarity on this. We don’t want to make a hasty decision out of panic. We really need to be sure.
Some of the things we’ll miss about South Africa if we left
All the spices
The lingo – Awe!
The variations of weather from city to city
All the diversity
Definitely the wide varieties of foods
The tastey curries
The various accents
Being able to buy a tastey boerewors roll at our local Spar on Saturdays
My family and friends
Fresh koeksisters on a Sunday morning
The fruit and veg sold on the side of the road
The big five at all the game parks that I am yet to visit haha!
The freshest fish and chips
Knowing that if my car should fail me, I’ll have the option of the My City busses, a taxi, a train or an Uber
Samp and beans
The petrol attendants
The abundance of locally produced music
I need to know from YOU, should we pack up and leave South Africa
After writing this article I suddenly realized that “howzit” is part of my vocabulary. How will go through life not being able to use that term?
What’s weighing heavily on my heart though, is that both my brothers are living in New Zealand. It’s definitely one of the countries at the top of our list if we definitely decided to leave. Problem is, we have so much to gain by leaving and so much to gain by staying.
Should we pack up and leave South Africa? For now, I’m leaning more towards no than yes.
What would you miss if you left South Africa? Can you help fully convince us to stay?
Tata for now