Well hey there people! We have officially been in South Africa for three weeks!! It’s weird because it feels like,”wow, that long already?” and “ugh it’s been only three weeks?!” at the same time…
It is possible that we are almost halfway there, or maybe halfway exactly or not even close or maybe we are over halfway… And I think that’s the point. The name of the game is all about waiting. On Tuesday we plan on heading into town and applying for Palesa’s passport, then waiting some more until we get it! That’s the long wait.
So, in the meantime, we are trying to keep ourselves busy and not too busy at the same time- if we had unlimited resources and it was just Jen and I we would be diving with sharks, ziplining, etc, but with a little one in tow and a budget, that is a bit hard to do! So, some things we can do are things like, walk around the mall… Pretty much boring. But luckily, we are in a beautiful area with some awesome culture, so the weekends in our town are filled with markets and fun stuff to do!
On Saturday we went to one a few minutes from our apartment called the Slow Market. Not sure why, I think they want you to just slow down for the weekend and enjoy a coffee, food, friends, etc. It was great and they had lots of vendors, good food, flowers, art and brews!
Isn’t that a cool contraption? It’s constantly moving and creating crépes.
Also on Saturday we headed back to the mall but for a good reason this time! Someone else from the U.S. is here adopting a boy as well! We are both in the same process with the same organizations, and got to meet up at the mall and get to know each other over lunch. We think we will become good friends as we both patiently wait for the next step!
After the market, we drove around our neighborhood a little and actually found a small playground! And it actually was in a nice neighborhood that seems mostly safe! So we took advantage and walked over. Palesa enjoyed the see-saw.
On Sunday, we headed to another market at a vineyard in town. This was a much bigger market and was very kid friendly with bounce houses, face painting, games, etc. Although there was still much for the adults as well! We learned from Saturday to not plan on eating lunch anywhere else so we all shared a pulled pork sandwich and a pizza.
Oh wait sorry, a flammkuchen! We got the classic.
These wire chickens and other animals/etc. are sold in street corners everywhere here, and apparently at the markets as well!
One of the mountains that overlook the market and vineyard.
All in all a pretty decent, chill weekend. Three weeks down, how many more to go? We will keep you updated!