A lot has happened since our last blog! We’ve been back to Tanzania again for a short little trip down the coast and around Zanzibar (for a third time, seriously how lucky are we!!), we’ve found a temporary home in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and although I do Africa has been our favourite adventure until recently, we embarked on another similar, yet different, adventure shortly after our last visit to Tanzania.
In May 2014 we welcomed a new little traveller to our family. Our son Renier!
In many ways, our I do Africa adventure prepared us for parenthood. We learned how to work as a team, we learned exactly where the other person’s limits are, what they are capable of and when they need help without asking.
Most importantly though, being on a pizza delivery bike in Africa for a couple of months taught us that two things are really important in life – endurance and structure (even though we don’t like structure very much). These two lessons have come in very handy lately.
As all parents know, having a baby changes a lot of things. Like, we now spend endless nights changing nappies and burping a baby instead of changing our minds about where to go next while drinking local Konaygi in Tanzania. One thing that’s stayed unchanged however is our sense of adventure. We’ve been lucky enough to explore South Africa with Renier in tow, covering five of the nine provinces before his first birthday.
We’ve found that with some improvisation, travelling with a baby isn’t that hard. A bathroom or kitchen zinc can also be a bath, a pram can also be a cot, if you’re lucky your baby loves the car and thus sleeps almost all of the way to wherever you’re going, plus they fly almost for free if they’re under two years of age!
It’s a new chapter and challenge for us but luckily, Renier is a good and easy little traveller and we’re sure there are many adventures ahead for us and this little guy!
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