Bad Hair Days

Hello from humid South Africa!  Although I prefer this sub-tropical climate to the cold weather back home, my hair looks horrible; a bushy, frizzy mess.  Maybe I will go back to the braids I wore here in October!

If you have not read Brian’s recent post from In To Africa, please do… He did a good job explaining some of our first security adventures in this interesting country.  It is hard to explain what life has been like these first few days, because sometimes it feels like we are visiting friends in North Carolina, and other times it feels like we have landed on another planet.  Overall though it has been good.

Other than the bad hair, here are some other changes in the Augustine home –  To enter the house we need to push a button to open the driveway gate, then push it again behind us.  We then need to unlock the Trellidor (front door gate) and the deadbolt, enter and push the security code on the key pad within 30 seconds.   We then relock the Trellidor while we are inside.  Because it is hot and humid, we keep the windows and doors open most of the time.  There are bars on all of them, but no screens.  This means we can put our arms right outside in between the bars, but no one can get in… except the monkeys, cat, geckos, and bugs!  Actually, we are still waiting to see the monkeys, but have heard them.  Which brings me to the sounds of South Africa – there are guard dogs barking constantly, but we can also hear many interesting and unfamiliar animals, especially loud tropical birds.

Our home is quite “lovely” (said with a strong accent).  All three girls share one bedroom, there is a small playroom, and then our bedroom.  At night we lock an internal door which separates (protects) these rooms from the kitchen and “lounge” (livingroom).  There are also two panic buttons which feed into the alarm system and alert the armed security company.  We have a nice backyard pool and a small cottage that is rented by a great young couple, Amy and Adrian, from the church plant.  They have been incredibly helpful to us already, especially teaching Brian how to drive on the “wrong” side of the road.  I have not tried that yet; I was waiting for jetlag to pass first!

Our home is now filled with several South African food staples – Safari fruit sticks, Boerewors (sausage), Rooibos tea, and Rusks (tea biscuits).  Fortunately the grocery also has Oreos!  Tonight we are having a Braai (cookout) with Amy and Adrian… charcoal rather than gas grills.

One of the most interesting changes in the Augustine home is the addition of  Zanele, our Zulu domestic helper.  I will write more about her and that interesting situation in the future.

For now, please know we think of our friends and family often, but are doing well.  I think today is the peak of jetlag, and we hope to feel more acclimated soon.

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4 Responses to “Bad Hair Days”


  1. 1 Angela January 17, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for letting us know how you are. BTW: I’m having a bad hair day too b/c our water pipes are frozen. 🙂

    Take care.

  2. 2 Kylie January 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I’m glad to read your blogs. I hope you are doing ok and getting ready to get some sleep. Maybe you can ask Zanele what to do with your hair. She might have some fun ideas. I miss you and look forward to reading some more when you post them.
    Love you, Kylie

  3. 3 Laura Williamson January 18, 2009 at 1:31 am

    I wish I had “bushy, fruzzy” hair- instead mine is straight and limp in
    humid weather. LOL
    We are having fun reading your blogs- Brian did an awesome job describing
    your exciting times…. And Madeline is always asking, “Can I check Rachel’s
    blog?”
    We are also following your temperatures with a wish that we too were
    enjoying your great weather!!! It is toooooooo cooooold heeeeere!
    Take care and blessings to you all,
    Laura

  4. 4 Anne Tjaden January 18, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    What an adventure you are on. It sounds like you are doing well, and I’m glad you have your own blog (although I will be reading Brian’s and the girls, as well). I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you all before you left.


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