Monday, July 28, 2008

A Bit of a Confession...

Something I didn't mention in the earlier entry is that I have been feeling a bit homesick lately. I guess this feeling has come and gone at times, but with the craziness of the past few weeks it kind of intensified somewhat. I guess I shouldn't be that surprised after all I've been away from South Africa for nearly two-and-a-half years (I left on 9 March 2006).

Realistically though I know that I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I found myself in Cape Town. I think I'd enjoy the familiar surroundings - the sights, the sounds, the smells and other things - for about a weekend and then I'd probably start thinking of where else I could be. As I said on in my entry on 3 June this year Cape Town will always be my home in the sense that it's my point of origin, I just don't know my destination (
geographically speaking) at this point in time...

The Dust Seems to be Settling…

So the craziness of my life continued in the weeks following my last entry. I occasionally wrestled with the idea of going back to South Africa, while trying to figure out how and/or if I could get to New Zealand (NZ). In short, it seems that some paperwork I will need for any move to NZ is going to take longer than expected leaving me unsure about where to spend the intervening time – no, I have not given up on the idea of going to NZ yet. So what am I going to be doing? I’m won’t be returning to South Africa nor will I be heading to NZ to ‘veg’ even more – I’m kind of tired of not being productive. Instead I’m going to be staying in Buenos Aires for the next few months, possibly until the end of the year.

After realising the amount of time I was going to need to get some paperwork from Home Affairs in SA, not to mention the likelihood of finding interesting and lucrative employment in a short space of time in SA I decided I’d give this city one last shot. So I’ve landed a job at the restaurant/bar in a hostel where my remuneration will be in the form of free or nearly-free accommodation. In addition to that I’m going to be teaching English to business managers/execs. I’ve never taught English before, but the co-ordinator at the company that teaches English was eager to get a native-speaker on board (it is funny how I never thought of my language as a commodity).

I don’t see either of these jobs as new careers but doing this is the means to an end for now – the end being living, surviving. In the back of my mind (not that far back though) I still have the idea to visit South Africa at some point – perhaps in December when there seems to be a number of significant events happening with my nearest and dearest – but those plans will have to be put on hold for now as I see how things develop.

Oh, for those who have not seen any of my pictures of Buenos Aires I’ve included links to two of my online photo albums:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=56491&l=eaa58&id=513421322

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=54016&l=54a26&id=513421322

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Crazy times…

The past week has been one of the crazies bumpy rollercoaster ride weeks in my recent memory, if not in my life. Also, my faith and determination have also been pushed beyond what I thought my limits were.

I’m still in Buenos Aires at the moment, it’s been a month already, and last week I came really close to throwing in the towel on this whole quest/journey/adventure (whatever you want to call it) as well as on a few other things too. I don’t have enough time to get into all the details of last week’s events (you’ll have to wait for my book) but basically I felt at the end of my rope in a number of ways, especially financially, and so the only thing keeping me here at the moment is knowing that Yahweh (AKA: the God of the bible) keeps His word. He has used different means and/or people at times to keep His word and to come through so at the moment I’m anticipating (albeit hesitantly at times) what He has up His sleeve at the moment.

But what is this all about? What’s going on? For a number of months now New Zealand has been on my mind and I believe that Yahweh has that on his agenda for me – I believe it’ll be the next stop or at least in the near future. At this point I have no idea how I’m going to get there but I do have somewhere to stay once I get there and I’m getting some necessary paperwork sorted out in the mean time. I can’t say anything more than that at the moment since I don’t know what the conclusion or lesson from this chapter is going to be. all I can do for now is take it as it comes one day at a time.

PS: Watch this space for more developments etc…