Friday, December 12, 2008

An Update from the Cape of Good Hope…

So over the past 2 weeks or so I’ve been really quiet and the main reason for that is that the only internet access I’ve had most of the time has been on the cell/mobile phone I’m borrowing at the moment. But today I’ve stopped at a cafĂ© to catch up some emails so I’m taking some time to update my (loyal) readers.

So how does it feel to be back in Cape Town now that I’ve had about 10 days to settle in? It still feels a bit strange to be here and the reverse culture shock has been really telling at times. Things that seemed so familiar or that I didn’t even think about previously are now in my face, because in the context of my experiences over the past 3 years they seem so foreign. In addition to that there is this feeling of being detached or disconnected from everyone and everything here. People have jobs, social connections that have changed and other things here in Cape Town that I’m not quite a part of. Even with friends I have known for years there seems to be something missing and I guess that something is the past 3 years or so. Still it’s good to see everyone again and to take stock of where I’m at. As yet I have not made any decisions regarding what comes next but I’m keeping my options open. I’ve been vacillating quite a bit on that issue but I don’t feel too rushed to make a decision at this point. I’ve looked at ticket prices for Taiwan though so that is still an option I guess…

So what do I have planned for the next few weeks? I am attending a good friends wedding and a 50th wedding anniversary celebration the following week (quite a contrast I know). I’m going to be spending Christmas with my god-parents’ family who live in different parts of the world and have not been together in 10 years (they tend to regard me as one of the family). In between I’ll be catching up with more old friends, meeting a few I’ve only known online up to this point and seeing a few of Cape Town’s more famous sights. I’m taking it easy for now and just enjoying the summer weather and the laid back feeling that comes with being in what is arguably the greatest city in the world (I know I’m biased).

Anyway, that’s all from me for now.

So, thanks for reading…

Back in the “Mother City”…

Written on Wednesday, 03 December 2008


As I write this I have been back in South Africa for around 40 hours, not long at all, and I’m still coming to terms with being back. In some ways I feel like Marty McFly in the film Back to the Future 2 where he travels from the future back to his year of 1985 only to find that things have changed drastically because someone messed with time without his or the “Doc’s” knowledge. There are things about Cape Town that obviously haven’t changed but at the same time there are things (and I won’t go into the details at this point) that subconsciously have me wondering if I’m in the right place or at least wondering how on earth things reached this point in the time since I left.

I remember saying on numerous occasions that I know that Cape Town will probably seem more different than it is because of the changes I have experienced over the course of this long(ish) chapter I am concluding – around 2 years 9 months actually. I had lunch with some friends just a few hours ago and it almost felt strange saying the things I was saying while sitting in Cape Town when I can remember thinking about life etc significantly differently the last time I was in Cape Town. So far I have not been bombarded with too many questions and welcomes etc, at least in part because I have stayed in touch with people over the years so people have been informed about my wanderings. On the other hand I am going to be seeing a few more people over the next few days so there’ll be more catching up.

So what are my plans from here on out? I really don’t know, but the changes (a bit of a euphemism) I have become aware of in the past 2 days have caused me to reconsider staying here for a while. That said though I probably don’t have the necessary finances for the next chapter yet in any case so sticking around for a while could help out in that department too. As with any major decisions I know that I want to take my lead from Yahweh (aka “God”) with one of the current challenges being the need to be able to know when to wait and when to act – something I have gotten wrong on numerous occasions. At this point though I feel that it could be a good time to take stock of where I’m at and what I’ve experienced, with Cape Town most likely being the best yardstick to measure that changes and growth etc that have taken place. In any case, watch this space for more…

PS: Thanks for reading…