Wednesday, 10 December 2014

South Africa

...is kind of grey right now. But the Durban humidity and warmth is a nice change for the next 5 weeks after the cold of Marburg (where it started snowing today!) We arrived very tired but very well and happy last night (on the same flight as Chad le Clos).

My eyes felt a little teary as the plane touched down - so very happy at God's goodness and grace, that we'd made it back to visit, as we'd hoped when we first left. I was reminded of the feelings I had when we took off from Durban a year and 7 months ago, and my heart fills with gratefulness when I see how much has changed and how much has remained constant. We were met by our parents and my gran... it was weird seeing them again - it felt as though not a moment had passed since we'd last seen them. We went out for supper at a restaurant together, and then said goodbye again to my parents and gran while we spend the week in Durban.


Our visit has been great so far... it feels kind of like we've never been away. So much feels like we could so easy just slide back into life here, and yet there are little things that we notice; the abundance of waiters at restaurants, the friendliness of people, the fact that there are people employed to pack groceries into the bags and stick the ticket into the machine to lift the boom gate, the very wide pavements and general space that we have... it's also really nice to speak English and be understood, to go to the Bank and not feel silly for not knowing anything.
We also visited Malcolm's grandparents today, which is such a blessing - they are so encouraging and joyful, and I always leave there feeling more beautiful, more talented, more skilled, like an amazing wife, a master chef and baker, and like I can take on the world.

We're looking forward to seeing friends this weekend in PMB, and spending lots of quality time with the Bartletts before heading to my parents, and readjusting to little things that we've gotten used to doing in Germany - like crossing at Zebra crossings only, and obeying robots.

2 comments:

  1. Yay! So glad you are finally visiting your home once again. A year and 7 months is a long time. Enjoy your visit!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful time!

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