It is still a cheap country to live in comparison to European countries and Australia.
The ease to go and visit a game farm / game park and see all these amazing animals in their natural habitat.
Knysna and surrounds
The long December holidays with sun, sea and sand. Even staying at home still means the lazy days of summer.
Amazing cultures and how we learn something new from each other every day.
Like Helen said – the people working in our houses and gardens – other countries – you have to do it yourself.
The feeling of cohesion of the normal South Africans, regardless of colour or culture. I always refer to my running stories when I say this.
Freedom of religion
Mild winters and amazing summers
A Highveld thunder storm
The choice to have an outdoor live filled with outdoors activities
Biltong and droewors
The black humour that allow us to make jokes about Oscar Pistorius etc.
Our ability to still laugh at ourselves and each other
The sense of belonging here
It is still home.
Our kids can still walk around barefoot – it is against the law in some countries.
Our kids can still be close to nature without too much trouble and cost
Space – gardens, houses, even flats with big communal areas.
Dare I say Julius Malema – I do know that some of the things he spouts raise fear in all our hearts but let’s face the facts – he is the only one that is calling the current government to task.
And so there it is. Do we stay or do we go – Hubby wants to stay and I want to go – however when I think about breaking my mom’s heart because we are taking Zoe from her and seeing Zoe grow up as a stranger and without her family and what about the dogs and all the other admin, I don’t know. I’ve been there and had to get the coat and the scarf and the train ticket – I don’t know if I have it in me to do it again.