February 25th, 2018 ♥♥♥
Howzit?! (Insert South African accent to really get the vibe of the local greeting). Our first month of Living Abroad has so far been pretty amazing….and busy!
We arrived on December 30th, 2017 to a sunny, gorgeous 80-degree day (or rather “26-degree Celsius” -that’s how we roll now). As we waited for our bags to arrive, I looked over at Dave and must have said for the TENTH time – OMG we live in Africa. Ahhh!
We cruised into our new neighborhood called Green Point. Green Point is like the Williamsburg of NYC- hip, young, vibrant, with lots of coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance. This was perfect for two people who just arrived with no car and no idea what they’re doing. We met our realtor, who kindly informed me 2 weeks earlier when I found her online from LA, that we were arriving during Cape Town’s PEAK summer season and almost everything was sold out. YIKES. Luckily, she found us a place, and to our relief it was lovely.
We dropped our bags off and immediately set off to explore our new neighborhood. The main strip where all the restaurants and coffee shops are was an easy 5 minute walk from our place. We drank our first “Flat White’”, their version of cappuccino and it is DELICIOUS.
Lucky for us, one of our closest friends and bridesmaids Ashley was in town. Turns out, her family was already heading to Cape Town for NYE so we got to spend lots of time with them over the next few days exploring the sites and quickly making new local friends. It really helps to have beautiful girlfriends to dangle as bait!
After having the most warm and welcoming start to a new year, we sadly said good bye to the Stern family and went right back to exploring mode! We had several missions to accomplish:
Mission #1: Get an African Cell phone number:
We’ve ditched our American numbers that we had for 15 years each. But you can still use our American numbers to find us on Whatsapp- that’s the app that is free texting and calling internationally.
Mission #2: Get Health Care:
Health care here is fantastic. You know how in the States with credit cards you can earn points? Well here, you get health care where you earn points for each time you work out. Those points can essentially wash out your gym cost completely and even get you a free smoothie a week! Also, if you keep at it, you get discounts on flights on Emirates and hotels etc. Basically in this country, you get financially rewarded to stay healthy.
Mission #3: Get a Home:
Dave had one week of free time before he had to begin his new job so we mostly used that time to find a home. We searched so many gorgeous neighborhoods from the beach to the waterfront. Here are some that we saw:
After all was explored and done, we ended up realizing….we simply love where we were at in Green Point. The ease of wandering around, walking to a cute grocery store, a happening coffee-shop, and a 5 minute drive to the gym- those were all crucial. Especially for me who’d be at home and alone so much the first few months while settling in and finding my way here. So we found a brand new gorgeous 3 bed, 3 bath right here in Green Point!
Mission #4: Buy a car:
Mission #5: Begin work:
Dave is settling in well at work. He likes everyone there, held his first outing for his employees and really enjoyed learning about their different backgrounds.
Mission #6: Set up a home:
Most of my days are spent feverishly running around town, furniture hunting (my version of heaven). Since we came here with just our clothes, we’re starting fresh.
Mission #7: Have our first visitors in our new home:
Our dear friends Rachel and Rich from NYC are always down for an adventure! We had such a special time exploring Cape Town, visiting the wine country, meeting cool cheetahs and making friends with penguins. But, most of all we enjoyed spending quality time daring each other to make a fool out of themselves. (Mostly me).
It’s been a busy 7 weeks of living in Africa, but I would say for our first month living abroad, so far, so good!