I've been lost. Ever since coming home last week on Thursday, I’ve been at a loss. We have not had a vehicle to use because the owner of the car we were borrowing has avoided our attempts to meet with him. This means that we now must be more creative and effortful in our transportation. We have our feet, bicycles, trains, busses, taxis, and minibus taxis. The first three have been our only resources in the last week.
The trains- nothing is posted regarding rates or times, and sometimes the ticket counters are closed. It took over an hour, using two trains, to get to the closest mall, which by car would take 15 minutes! We bicycled to the gym, which is across from the mall, and at my pace, it took 45 minutes. And I was exhausted and sweaty by the time I got to the gym…
|I'm told this is an African Leopard Frog.|
We took the train to Kalk Bay, which was better than we thought it would be. It was interesting, there are 1st class seats for R5 (less than a dollar) more, which were worth it on one train, but didn’t matter on another (in that drunken trouble makers were in all train cars). It makes me uncomfortable in theory to have different “classes” of seating, but in reality, when it works, I am more comfortable riding in them. On the trains, I definitely feel like a minority and we are often the only light skinned people on them. I think I would feel fine if I understood the language, but because everyone around me is not speaking English, I feel at a disadvantage. I know that many of them understand English, but I don’t understand any of the languages around me, and it makes me quiet. Also, the trains are hot and sweaty; often crowded.
|View from The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.|
So basically, my entire routine has now changed because I don’t have a car. Before, I’d go to the gym in the morning, participate in an exercise class of two, go to the video store, go to the grocery store, and be home before lunch. Now, since getting to the gym is such an effort, I have only gone once (the day I rode my bicycle) and my mornings are just fading away into a blend of nothingness. I have always appreciated how the gym kept me to a schedule and routine…now…not so much. And I’ve never been the type of person to go jogging in my neighborhood, so I’m worried that all the physical fitness I’ve gained over the last year will slowly disappear.
|Etta looking amazingly cute with her bone.|
I’ve never really lived without access to a vehicle before. Even in college, living in a dorm (residence hall), I would bicycle between 10 and 20 minutes to get to one of my parent’s homes and was able to borrow a vehicle to do my shopping when needed. For the first time, I really don’t have a car and I have felt very strange.
I forget sometimes, and make plans for going to a certain place, and then remember I can’t. I try to remind myself that we will be saving money with our new lifestyle.
I know that this situation is a minor worry for some people, but it is new to me, and I am having trouble adjusting. This trouble also includes writing on my blog. I’ll try to get back to my normal frequency starting….now!
If any of you have suggestions for how to manage this new phase in our lives, I am open to suggestions.
Song of the Post: Use Somebody by Kings of Leon.