They are both on the list of things I'll be glad to leave behind in South Africa.
Maybe you're surprised I do indeed have such a list. A collection of all the stuff I won't shed a single tear over when it comes time to say goodbye. I know I've been going on and on about how great life in South Africa has been. I've written about the things I WILL cry over at length, and I'm not even done with writing about them, but today I'd like to mention the other side.
The dark side.
Call it self-preservation. Because thinking of all that I hate here will make leaving that much easier.
What prompted me to write this post was when I gave my cancellation notice to Afrihost, our internet service provider. I had to go online, indicate my termination date, and then select the reason from a drop-down box. Guess what one of the choices was?
"The cables keep getting stolen."
I won't miss the fact that in this country, stolen cables are a major reason people are canceling their internet service, along with relocation and death.
This is what I also won't miss about South Africa:
|South African power outlets (the two you get per room) and the |
resultant carnage of multi-strips and extension cords
|In almost three years in South Africa, I have never once scored |
a roll of aluminum foil that didn't do this
|The mere existence of such a thing as a Traffic Register Number|
|We haven't had any bad experiences in this regard but I won't |
miss the idea that there are crime hotspots out there
|Lugging this clunker anywhere I want to run one of our appliances|
|Seriously, the world can live without this. Looks (and tastes)|
like pickled engine oil
|The fact that I'm banned from all cool American cheap stuff|
|Hunting around for the tire lock nut before changing a tire. |
Oh, and having to change tires in the first place. Never once
had to do that in almost twenty years in the U.S.
|A library system from circa 1962|
|Living behind high voltage...|
|...and barbed wire|
|South African newspapers|
|Having to get out the heavy machinery just to hang a simple picture|
|Having to talk traffic cops through their own laws and being |
threatened with arrest every time I get pulled over
|Joburg rush hour|
|Minibus taxis jumping the line|