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Mozambique and going away with people you like.

I don’t know that this post is about Mozambique or just about going away with your family and people who you like. I think it’s actually the latter.

Don’t get me wrong, Mozambique is beautiful. The thrill of taking your passport, getting it stamped to go into another country, while still being only 6/7 hours away from your home, bumping over sand dunes and waving at the locals who just seem so happy amidst such sad poverty, walking down to the beach and spending time that close to the beauty of nature. Swimming, tanning, eating, relaxing… it was amazing. Also, slipping into the sunshine mid Winter is a delicious sort of treat, isn’t it? But this morning I was emailing a friend and we were talking about our holiday and I said to her “I could go to Mars with these crazy people and I’d still have a good time” or something like that…

And that got me thinking.

Going on holiday is WONDERFUL. I thank God for these opportunities, and I am grateful that the kids get to experience different things and places. But I think what made the holiday was spending time with my immediate little family, and my extended family. I am so glad we LIKE each other. I am so glad that we can go away and laugh and laugh and laugh. You know sometimes you go away with people and it’s awkward… like some want to go here, and others want to do this, and this person wants to eat that, and it can just be awkward even if you’ve known these people all your life. And you vow that the next time you go away, it will just be your spouse and your kids and THAT’S IT. But this holiday was really chilled, and I think that is what actually MAKES the holiday. I came away feeling good and rested and like it was money well spent.

Ponto is a poor village, it is pretty run down and if it wasn’t for the magnificent beaches, I don’t think ANYONE would go there willingly. But it’s also safe and kind of homely and you don’t feel like you’re in South Africa at all. There is sea sand everywhere, no tar roads, just sea sand! I embraced it and walked around with dirty feet for the whole time we were there. Common household items are expensive at the local shops, I think we paid over R30 for 6 eggs! So if you’re going self catering, make sure you carry enough of such items. The sea food is cheap and easily available – and delicious. There is lots to do, but you could do none of it and still have a perfectly awesome holiday. You don’t need to have a big off road vehicle to visit Mozambique. We left our cars at the border and the place we stayed at transferred all 10 of us plus our luggage and food. I think getting there was half the fun. We took anti Malaria meds even though the risk was really low because we were just over the border and it was off peak, but we didn’t want to take the risk with small children. You have to carry cash and lots of it because very few places actually have card machines and there are no ATMs. The great thing about this place is that whether you’re there on a family holiday with little kids, or you’re getting away with your lover… it caters for both. We’re already planning our next trip out there!

Tomorrow’s Wordless Wednesday will be dedicated to some pics from our time away.

Countdown to Mozambique…

Mozambique is in 25 Days. AARRRGHH! The only thing that has been finalised in preparation for this trip is childcare. Which is a good thing, because without the childcare, we wouldn’t be going. But aside from that, I am in no way ready for this holiday. Oh wait, mentally I am OVER ready, but physically I need to start making lists. You know how I love lists. I need to make a Count Down to Moz list.

First thing on the list: what to wear.

I do not have bathing suits, sarongs, sun hats and all the other holiday gear one is supposed to acquire when taking a holiday by the sea. Of course, trying to get any of these things in a Wintery Johannesburg is proving futile. My husband has vowed that if I show up in my maternity swim suit EVER AGAIN he will disown me, not sure why, I think that big blue stretchy spandex mass of a cozzie is so comfortable and fits so well? My idea is to go to a specialist store like Speedo or something, do they stock stuff that doesn’t look like I’m trying out for the Olympics? The good news is that I intend to spend most of my time in a sarong and swimming costume anyway, so really I just need to find one store that stocks both items. Problem solved. Anyone know of such a store?

Second on the list: what to pack for the kids.

So my darling parents will come up a week before we leave, they will be taking my kids and my niece and nephew on a road trip down to Durban and then to Harding to spend time with my sister and her family. In total, they will be away from us for two weeks. Now while I am looking utterly forward to being child free for two whole weeks, it is the first time that I will be away from Hannah and I am a bit nervous about how she will react. Ok, let me be honest, I’m more worried about how I will react. My baby away from me for so long! But I think back to the first time Liam went on holiday with my parents at 18 months and how I thought I would positively die from missing him, and it turned out to be just what this sleep-deprived-running-on-empty mother needed. A BREAK. So I am hoping for the same experience with Hannah this time. Right, so the actual problem here is packing for two children for two weeks. Not exactly an easy feat. And not something I can do in advance either, considering they will be wearing what I need to pack virtually right up until the day they leave. But what I have started doing is compiling a list of what I need to pack… like 5 tracksuits, 10 vests and so on. Zoleka will receive a copy of this list closer to the time and she will assist in making sure that the washing is done, set aside and ready to be packed. It takes team work to make the dream work and all that.   

Third on the list: our passports

Now you may think that THIS needs to be point one, but thanks to the sms I received yesterday, this point has become less critical for me. I say for ME, because my husband has YET to apply for his passport. Make no mistake, I will go without him on this trip! Even though the point of this trip is to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary, I will leave this man in Johannesburg. We can celebrate in spirit. So yes, I applied for my passport last week Wednesday and yesterday, that’s right, just 6 days later, I received an sms to say it was ready for collection. My husband says he just doesn’t have time to apply for his passport and promises to do so before this week is over. I have come to grips with the fact that he may not come on this trip and have stopped nagging him to do so. So all I need to do is collect my passport and this point can come off my list.

Fourth on the list: miscellaneous packing

Bearing in mind, we are driving with friends in their vehicle so I really do not want to over pack. This said, I am a woman. A woman who feels more secure when I have packed everything but the kitchen sink, as opposed to “winging it” and hoping that I’ll find a shop who sells the weird item I may require while on holiday (I blame motherhood for this, because as a young travelling woman, I’d just pack a clean set of undies). So do I pack my blow dryer, my GHD, how many extra batteries for my camera, all my hair products, my sun block in varying degrees of SPF-ness. I need access to my cyber world, so all my electronics with all their chargers need to be packed in. What about my make up bag? I don’t wear a lot of makeup but my make up bag is HUGE. Just in case. You know. I want to look pretty in the evenings while my husband stares into my eyes underneath the moonlight (if he makes the trip). Crikey, this point requires a long list, with sub lists and sub-sub lists.

All this aside, I can’t wait to go on holiday! Even if it may be that I have to (a) skinny dip because I have no swimming gear, (b) be alone because my husband doesn’t have a passport, and (c) be left stranded because my lift refuses to take me with so much luggage. The countdown has begun!!

Friday Quickie

And now… an update… in bullets!

  • I am taking part in the Biggest Loser at work – a blog for another day. Point is, I gained .03kg this week. Sigh. I guess the roll dripping in garlic butter and the speckled eggs and the muffin I had yesterday, didn’t help the scale. And the rest of my weekend isn’t looking too healthy either. My mission is to lose 10 kgs in a very realistic 4 months, so I think one more weekend won’t matter. I hope.
  • Today I paid the deposit for our July holiday to Mozambique. I need this holiday so badly, and it’s for big people only. The little people will be with their grandparents, although the grandparents don’t know that yet. My husband and I celebrate 5 years of marriage this year, so this is our treat to ourselves, to say well done for not killing each other – yet. So we, along with some good friends, are going to spend 4 glorious nights in Mozambique. My payment today made it real and I am so excited! Hence my previous bullet, I need to be 10 kgs lighter so that people don’t run in the opposite direction when they see me on the beach. And no, I am not doing it for other people, I am doing it for me!
  • This afternoon I’m going on a date. With my little man. On his request, we are going to McDonalds  – just the two of us, as Dad will spend time with Hannah. I’m looking forward to spending time alone with Liam because we rarely get one on one time. I just want to sit there and watch him. Watch how his eyes light up as he tells me about his day at school, watch how he dips every single item on his plate into the little tomato sauce holder that McDonalds issues, watch him as he greets everyone in the store and happily gets on with putting his toy from his Kiddie Meal together – I’m just going to take my baby boy in, and enjoy our QT together. After MickeyD’s, we’re off to church! I’m going to a Sisters Evening and Liam will be in Kidszone (his second most favourite place, after school) enjoying his own little kiddies service.
  • I seriously need to fill our empty grocery cupboards at some point during this weekend. I think my kids have had about enough two minute noodles until the next last-week-before-payday. Grocery shopping is one of my pet peeves, so I am working on all sorts of tricks or treats to get the husband to do the groceries in return for “favours” – or something. The thing about shopping for monthly groceries with two kids, is that it is virtually impossible to fill one trolley with two kids and all the groceries. So we take a trolley and a kid each, but the kids see this as some sort of a race, with them as the drivers, we, the cart horses and the aisles as the race track. They spend the expedition yelling things like “go catch Daddy, Mommy!” or “get out of the way lady!” or “no no no, don’t stop here, we don’t need bread, hurry up, Daddy is beating us!” At first it was fun and cute, but when I get yelled at for deliberating a bit too long over which brand of biscuits to choose, it becomes a bit of a pain in the butt. So yes, I’m devising a new plan on getting through the monthly shop – ah look, that’s another blog post all on its own!
  • On Sunday we are lunching with my brother and his family at the one… the only…the fabulous… PAPACHINO’s! Love that place! It’s like Spur, but with child minders, an exciting park with play houses, a mini bicycle track, swings, slides and boats AND the food is awesome. Oh wait, that means it’s not like Spur at all. I joke… we spend many an hour in Spurs across the country, but seriously Papachino’s is a really, really cool joint to take the kiddies to.

And that my friends, is a wrap. Have an awesome weekend with your families xxx