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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

I thought I would take a break from my Kruger posts to fill you in on what I’ve been up to this past week!

Getting into the holiday spirit!

The beginning of the week was filled with rain and cooler temps. Jono was off the course for Monday & Tuesday so on Tuesday we made the most of it and headed to the mall to do a little holiday shopping. I have to say that I was pretty impressed with the holiday decorations that adorned the Clearwater Mall.  There was a santa setup and a christmas tree that you could walk under! Look at the little cutie playing behind me! Also, thanks to mom for sending me this beautiful scarf all the way from he USA. I love it!

santasetupThis is the Santa set up!

While we were at the mall I went and got my haircut at the Gary Rom salon, which was amazing! I was a bit nervous because I was so accustomed to my beloved hair stylist at the Aveda salon back home, but they really did a first rate job and my hair felt light and shiny when I was done! Feeling hungry we decided to get a quick bite to eat at Mugg & Bean. I knew my order even before we sat down. Seriously this stuff is good. I’ve had it three times since I’ve been in Joburg. It’s the Morrocan butternut chickpea and carrot soup. This time it was a little more carroty than usual and lacked the spicy kick it normally has, which was a little disappointing, but it won’t stop me from ordering it again!

While browsing the menu I couldn’t help but have a little giggle at one of the featured breakfast items, the “All American Breakfast.” It is so not American. Take a look at the menu if you’re curious. The breakfast includes eggs and bacon…okay typical, but then beans, a tomato and french fries. Whoever advised them that this was American was off their rocker. Fotor1212173157 What do you think of my hair? It is getting long fast! I think I’m going to grow it out.

While we were at the mall this was happening at our flat…

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Do you remember when our tiles cracked the week after we first arrived? Well we just got it fixed this week! They sure don’t work fast here in Africa! Jono also got into a car accident last week, not a bad one, just ran over a bit of tire and damaged his radiator. But because all of Joburg practically shuts down in December, it is looking like he may not get his car fixed until the end of January when the factory opens and the mechanics can get to it. This is one of the not so great parts about South Africa. Things don’t always run super efficiently, and no one ever seems to be in a rush. Cross your fingers that we will be able to get it sooner! Joburg without a car isn’t the greatest.

Anyway, to raise our spirits in the house, I thought it would be fun to get a little festive and put up some Christmas decorations. I wasn’t planning to decorate, mainly because when you are living on your savings you don’t normally splurge on decor, but luckily the previous tenant left a tree and decorations in the spare room closest! Hooray! We will not be scrooges this year.

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Plan for the rest of the day: blast my Glee Christmas album and get to work! Pictures to come 🙂


By | December 12th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT