In about 57 days my feet will touch SA ground for the first time in over a year. My last visit was SO fast (4 days travel for a 5 day visit to attend a wedding… it took me 4 days to find something to wear…). This time I will be in Sunny South Africa for 10 days (I still haven’t learned much from my mistakes but I’m getting there!!!)
There are so many things I miss about SA. I can’t WAIT to go shopping for the silliest things, because not only will I have my own bag to fill – 23 kgs of STUFF! – but also my wonderful mother’s 23kilos, as she’s coming back to Korea with me for 2 weeks. I’ve got it all planned out. My mom is not allowed to pack socks, or stockings, or scarves. She will use mine. I will buy extra and keep them in Korea for her. One coat. A few jeans. Underwear. That’s it. No shampoos, soaps, face stuff, wrinkle cream, NOTHING! Space is limited! hehe and reserved for meeee!
I need to prove myself this time though. I wasted SO much time shopping last time, because I didn’t know what I wanted. Well, I did sort of, but once you hit the wonder that is Pick & Pay, your heart melts. You know that this is going to get out of hand, so you mumble to yourself “I am stronger than this” and you start at aisle 1 and work your way through, checking off items on your list. The problem with ‘I-need-to-take-SA-back-with-me’-shopping is this: I *never* leave with “just the list”. Some conniving … employee… is out to get all expats, by placing all the “I’ve-forgotten-about” items between the items on your list. So shopping goes like this:
We did good, Mom!
Aisle 1: Soups and stews
Okay, I need to get white onion soup pow…OH MY WORD POTATO BAKE!!!! (grab 5)…der. Maybe I should get brown onion too… Oh and it’s going to be winter soon… I’ll take Chicken to..AAAH GRAVY!
Aisle 2: Sauces and Condiments
Chutney of glad nie, waar is jy Mrs Balls? Aaaah kyk hoe kyk sy vir my! Oh my word, 470g… that’s heavy… I’ll take the plastic one.. it’s 1.1kg but it’s plastic.. so more chutney…. less … glass. (Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it???) OH MY WORD SPUUUUUUUUR SAUCE! And that’s when you start hating the expat-hating employee.
So this time, I’m sticking to my list. However, since I know what the Expat-hater’s plan is, I have decided to give myself 2 minutes to type whatever I want to buy on this post. So here it is… 3…. 2….. 1!
toothpaste chutney tampons haha WINE spur sauce koo apricot jam amarula ponchos salt and vinegar chips chicken spice country herb and garlic spice potato spice worcestershire sauce (koreas is horrid) guava rolls more toothpaste deodorant huuuge towels clothes and shoeeees prestic speckled eggs and jelly sweets lots of SA candy for my students like sugus?? creme soda mince mate hahahaha lots of curries passion fruit cordial cocktail mix. jungle oats! milo rooibos real coffee biltong – screw customs.
DONE! Okay looking back at this unedited list, it’s rather funny! Lots of JUNK FOOD so I should add diet pills haha! But these are the things I miss sooo much! It seems like I’m a drunk too!!! … I make myself feel better by reminding myself that these are the things I have stocked in a little cupboard in my kitchen. And when I’m feeling homesick I take out one of my treasured items, get into bed, download a movie in 3 minutes and just chill yeaaah! LOL! So this is my trolley dash. :)
Thanks to Emile van Rooyen for the post idea! To the old and new teachers, my question is this: What can’t you live without? What will you grab in your trolley dash? (no, you can not bring steaks into the country!) Click on comment and give yourself 2 minutes!!