We have been on the road for 5 months!
We left our house in Pretoria on the 26th of April, and it feel like years ago already.
We have been living on the road for 5 months now, and I can say one thing - humans are very adaptable.
I must say - we have managed to adapt quite quickly - this feels like our new "normal".
Our routine is basically to get up, do some work and schoolwork, eat in between and then explore whatever there is to explore. Some days that means filling our time with research about what the possibilities of exploring are.
Conflict happens - as it does - but it is easier to "get over it", because we don't want to spoil the next adventure.
Our fears have all come true - the ones we mentioned in our first youtube videos. The frustrations are also the pleasures - being together all the time. I read Cindy's blogpost where she kind of sums it up that conversations are interrupted all the time. The kids are always there, so they feel like they are allowed to take part in grown-up conversations now.
One challenge is to get the kids to remember that they are still kids and that they are not welcome in all conversations. This becomes quite clear when we befriend people on the road and they sit around chatting with the adults. I may be a bit old fashioned, but I don't think that it is always appropriate for kids to take part - or even just be present - when grown-ups talk to each other.
We have now been in 5 of the 9 provinces in South Africa. Each one presenting us with its own uniqueness.
Kwazulu Natal with its green and lush beauty everywhere, Mpumalanga with is charming waterfalls, Limpopo with its wild bushveld, North West with its fun rides at Sun City and the Northern Cape with its stark contrasts of desert and mighty rivers.
I am falling in love all over again with this beautiful country of ours. That is the one great thing about this roadtrip - and for that I will wish it for everyone I know.