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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1040 on: February 20, 2019, 08:03:34 pm »
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1041 on: February 21, 2019, 03:21:08 am »
Right now I'd settle for ANY samoosaÖ  :drif:

and a piece of boerie on the braai  :drif:


What I REALLY also miss is a meat pie from Woolies. Any garage pie...  :drif:   

'Mericans don't know the good food.  :xxbah:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1042 on: February 21, 2019, 10:26:33 pm »
But what makes it good?

How big should it be? A one-bite snack, or a 3-bite treat.
How crisp should the pastry be? With a good crunch, but not so crispy that it shatters and half of it falls on the floor  :dousing:
Spicy or mild? Toilet paper in the freezer... a nice little kick... or just a hint of pow.
Oil or not? Greasy oily goodness, or something where you don't have to wash your hands after the deed.
How much filling is just enough? Does it go flying when the pastry shatters, do you need a plate to catch it.

Must be fresh - 3 bite spicy
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1043 on: February 27, 2019, 02:24:10 pm »
And just like that, February is almost gone.

It has been a quiet month. Tonight is my last night shift. I have flown 7.7hrs. Out of 19 shifts.
Dismal. Absolutely shocking.

On the plus side, we did a Cape Town-Bloemfontein-Oudtshoorn-Cape Town flight was was fantastic. My first time flying into to the main airport at Bloem.
Photos to follow at some point - my laptop is being a twit. But, it was like being back in Botswana - bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds, green and flat terrain, thunderstorms building...

On Friday we climbed the Helderberg Mountain which was awesome. We ascended from Helderberg Plaas, got to West Peak, then headed over to the Dome.
Even though we packed 2l of water each, it was hot with no wind and we started running low on fluids. So instead of returning via the tricky ascent back to West Peak, we descending through the nature reserve and my called Mom for a lift  :imaposer:

It took us 7.5hrs, and we're both quite fit. However, I still can't walk without pain in my quads  :xxbah:

Yesterday we went on a fantastic helicopter flight along the Atlantic Seaboard. The weather cleared up wonderfully and we were treated to views of whales and mountains. It doesn't get much better than that.

I'm woman-down now though - a stomach bug has attacked. Do I force myself to get up and walk to the shops and get more bogroll, or do I half die on the couch?
The struggle is real, folks.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1044 on: February 27, 2019, 04:07:39 pm »
You're so funny  :imaposer:

I love it  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1045 on: February 28, 2019, 03:16:51 am »
Sorry you are feeling ill.

Just send the boyfriend to the shops for the necessary supplies. Then when he gets back he can give you a massage too...  :pot:  :thumleft:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1046 on: February 28, 2019, 11:16:58 am »
Hope you get better soon.
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1047 on: March 02, 2019, 12:01:51 am »
Thanks folks.
On Wednesday I half died on the couch then summoned the energy to walk to the shops and get some bogroll. I made a turn at the chemist and discovered there is a generic for Imodium. For only R10/six tablets. Itís a bit like leaving 5 minutes late and hitting that N2 traffic into Cape Town (backed up with no end in sight).

Good thing I decided to half die for the day as, despite not feeling 100%, I was at least well rested for when work phoned at 10pm (as I fell asleep). Off to George!
Beautiful still night, but pitch black.

Oh, I forgot. I finally got to donate my hair to CANSA. For all of my teenage life I sported short hair. When I moved to Botswana I started growing it out as I didnít trust the hair dressers there. Looking back on photos I also realized I had terrible taste and looked like a twit.
I think it got to about the longest it has ever been - easily 30cm of ponytail. A foot of hair. Thatís a lot! And I shed my brown locks as much as a Golden Retriever.

So I psyched myself up and mentally prepared to have my hair chopped short. Snip and... they chopped off a lot less than I expected, which was both a relief and a bit of an anti climax. But Iím glad I finally managed to donate- it has been something Iíve been wanting to do for many years.

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1048 on: March 02, 2019, 02:58:43 am »
I'm glad you survived  :thumleft:

Short hair is so much easier and simpler. Just ask Mrs ZogÖ  :biggrin:
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1049 on: March 02, 2019, 03:54:29 pm »
I'm glad you survived  :thumleft:

Short hair is so much easier and simpler. Just ask Mrs ZogÖ  :biggrin:

Or me; love the convenience. I wish I could grow it, though. I have baby locks - thin and soft as a cat's under pelt. And with short hair, a love for motorbikes and no attachments, I've been asked whether I'm gay ::) (for anyone wondering: it's rude to ask :imaposer:)
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1050 on: March 26, 2019, 03:38:08 am »
What happened in Bots yesterday?
1978. It's 6am, mid winter...two up on a XL 185S ... off to my first casino ever with all of R40 and we've got a full tank of fuel, so enough to get there we reckon.... that's determination...

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1051 on: March 28, 2019, 10:29:20 am »
This month has been quiet but busy.

Work-wise, I have done one mission. For some reason I was stuck on night shift for almost the whole month, and of the three night shifts I had, two were taken away.

When we had night flights the weather was bad, and when it was flyable, nothing happened.

So that left me with a lot of time, which was a good thing in the end as we packed up and moved back to Somerset West.

But my mood has plummeted with the lack of flying. I have done almost more unmanned (drone) flying than actual flying. I did, however, get to do a few flights in the Chipmunk which was great!

Last week I purchased a new second hand car. Not even 300km later it spat out all the radiator fluid. Which turned out be water and oil. It happened in a parking lot in Cape Town. On a public holiday. So we towed it to Somerset West and left it for the mechanic to collect on Friday. Turns out that while it had a ďfull service historyĒ, whoever had been doing the servicing did a poor job and the radiator was blocked. The head gasket? Blown. My pocket? Very empty. My mood? Furious.

On Saturday it was ďFASHKOSHĒ, the Stellenbosch Airshow. My first airshow in years, and it was quite good. Once youíve been to a few airshows they all get quite monotonous. But it was great to catch up with friends. Highlights flying-wise were the Bell 407 display, Team Extreme, and one of Mangoís B737.

When they said a B737 would do a display we all thought ďyeah sure, theíll fly overhead a bit lower en-route to Cape TownĒ.
So imagine our surprise when a giant orange hunk of metal came scooting past at 100ft!
It was a fantastic display and much enjoyed.

Monday was very emotional and stressful and exciting and scary and sad. My boyfriend is off on a great new adventure. I move to Somerset West while he moves to Canada.

Tuesday was an early start. I was up just before 03:00, and on the road at about 03:20. Destination: Gaborone to drop off my RAV and visit a friend.

The roads were beautifully quiet until about 07:00, then the trucks started. I donít enjoy driving the N1 and it was a struggle to stay positive.

Iím Beaufort West I indulged in a delicious omelette and very strong espresso at the 4 Sheep Restaurant.

After that I felt more human and awake.
I took the drive easy, cruising at 100km/h most of the way, taking lots of breaks even if it was to just walk around the car once and carry on. It made a difference and the trip didnít drag on too much.

I stayed in Bloemfontein that night and got to meet fellow Dog, Grunder. Itís always cool to put a face to the name, and his family kindly let me stay the night.

On Wednesday I was up just after 03:00 and on the road bang on 04:00. Off the N1, the roads were quiet and it was a dark morning. Iíve never driven here so it was nice that it was new, but it was stressful until the sky lightened as there were no fences and Iíd seen a few antelope and what also looked like a caracal.

I took the first for hours very easy. Turns out doing 80km/h in a 2.0 RAV4 automatic = great fuel economy. I did 700km on a tank. I normally only get 550-600km.

Breakfast was had in Spur in Lichtenburg. A bit of a meh place at first, but everyone was very friendly and their Americano is double the size of the one at the CT International Spur! Delicious breakfast had, it was back on the road for the push to the border.

The border, Ramatlabama was quiet, and it was a relatively speedy crossing. Next stop, Gaborone!
Iíd never been to Gaborone. The road was good, terrain hilly and green, and I constantly had to remind myself that this was real ďAfrica TimeĒ.

1yr and 2months since I was last in Botswana. I couldnít really appreciate it over the stress and lack of sleep the last week. Traffic in Gaborone was chaos. People and cars everywhere, big shopping centres, but it was all clean.

That evening my friend and I went to the yacht club, yup, thereís a yacht club. It was awesome. Great view over the water and a very chilled vibe. It made me miss Maun a lot. The food had run out by the time we wanted to order, so I suggested pizza. I have been craving Romanís for a week and, surprise! They have a Romanís! Yum.

It was an early night in preparation for another early start. Only a 04:30 wake up this time though.
Flask filled with coffee and left over pizza wrapped up, we set off for River Walk Mall.

And at 06:00 I boarded a bus for like, the 6th time in my life.
I donít like busses. I associate them with accidents. I was going to fly but that would cost me triple. So I decided to push my fear to the side and buy a Flight Connect bus ticket.

And here I am, in a bus on the N4 near Brits. I have an empty seat beside me. Itís relatively comfortable. We got tea and coffee and muffins, thereís aircon and WiFi. Must say itís nice not having to do the driving.

The border crossing was just outside of Gaborone- I didnít realize it was so close e. Leaving Botswana, the passport control office was clean, the staff friendly and efficient. About 30 people stamped out in 5 minutes.

In South Africa, we entered a tired, old office manned by one official. It took about 30 minutes.

And then, I was back in South Africa! And missing Botswana.
I keep thinking it is Friday. It feels like I have been away for months. I canít wait to see my family and dogs on Saturday- Iím spending a couple of days in JHB.

Are we there yet?

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1052 on: March 28, 2019, 10:57:08 am »
Monday was very emotional and stressful and exciting and scary and sad. My boyfriend is off on a great new adventure. I move to Somerset West while he moves to Canada.

Thanks for the update Sardine. All I can say is I have a lot of empathy for the above situation. Last year my now ex girlfriend got the job offer of a lifetime in Scotland while I got transferred to P.E.. Long distance is not for everyone. Good luck.
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1053 on: March 29, 2019, 10:17:01 am »
Monday was very emotional and stressful and exciting and scary and sad. My boyfriend is off on a great new adventure. I move to Somerset West while he moves to Canada.

Thanks for the update Sardine. All I can say is I have a lot of empathy for the above situation. Last year my now ex girlfriend got the job offer of a lifetime in Scotland while I got transferred to P.E.. Long distance is not for everyone. Good luck.
That must be a toss one splitting up not because of not getting along but a better job in another country!! :eek7: :(
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1054 on: March 29, 2019, 11:16:17 am »
Monday was very emotional and stressful and exciting and scary and sad. My boyfriend is off on a great new adventure. I move to Somerset West while he moves to Canada.

Thanks for the update Sardine. All I can say is I have a lot of empathy for the above situation. Last year my now ex girlfriend got the job offer of a lifetime in Scotland while I got transferred to P.E.. Long distance is not for everyone. Good luck.
That must be a toss one splitting up not because of not getting along but a better job in another country!! :eek7: :(

Hell, yes, that must be hard!

Thanks for the update, Heather, hope you feel better soon.
 
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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1055 on: March 29, 2019, 02:12:47 pm »
Monday was very emotional and stressful and exciting and scary and sad. My boyfriend is off on a great new adventure. I move to Somerset West while he moves to Canada.

Thanks for the update Sardine. All I can say is I have a lot of empathy for the above situation. Last year my now ex girlfriend got the job offer of a lifetime in Scotland while I got transferred to P.E.. Long distance is not for everyone. Good luck.

Long distance is hard work and every situation is different but it can be done.
My girlfriend started working for Qatar Airways in October last year and it really is difficult sometimes.
Her schedule is also obviously very strange as I sometimes have to be up at 3h00 to do a video call because she has just landed in Auckland or wherever the hell she is that day.

The lucky thing with our long distance relationship is that we have been able to see each other at least twice a month since December.
She gets really cheap flights and a couple of off days each month.

We will be making the most of this and travel the world while the tickets are cheap. (90% discount for her, a return flight Doha - JHB is cheaper than a JHB-CT return flight)
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1056 on: March 29, 2019, 02:39:01 pm »
Have a canadian pilot as a client. He has been dating a girl that lives in the east for the last 23 years!! :o
She is also an air hostess. At best they see each other once a month.
He says they prefer it that way as she does not like Canada at all and is very "familievas"(have no clue what the english word for that is!!?)
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« Reply #1057 on: March 29, 2019, 08:11:33 pm »
Good luck Sardine. Long distance is not fun, but if you have an end point you can make it work
 

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1058 on: March 30, 2019, 03:31:49 pm »
Thank you everyone.
In Botswana even though we were within 100km of each other, we only saw each other once a month. Sometimes for a day, sometimes for 5 minutes as we passed through the same airstrips. That was the first 8 months or so of our relationship.

Iím heading home to Cape Town soon. Canít wait!
Took me 1.5hrs to do 10km on the N3 yesterday because of two minor accidents and a truck that broke down. Eish!

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Re: My African Dream
« Reply #1059 on: March 31, 2019, 02:45:33 am »
If your hearts are both in it then you can do it  :deal:


I spent a year apart from Mrs Zog when she had to return to the US a few years ago. That wasn't easy, but we saw how much we needed to be together during that time, and now we both appreciate each other even more.

With the modern stuff like skype and WhatsApp video chat etc. you will only ever be just milliseconds apart. I'm sure that he is going there to get hours on a type he needs, bigger picture stuff.

It will be worth it in the end  :thumleft:
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