It has been too long since my last blog post in May – almost a year to be exact! And I have missed jotting down our adventures sooo much that I’ve decided to start again 🙂 This post will have more photos than words – I hope you enjoy!
A picture is worth a thousand words. – Unknown
Algamdulillah, the kids are now starting to speak the french language and, they can understand the language – I need to however, find them a tutor to help with grammar. I finally started with french classes and, I am six months into my course YAY!! I can honestly say that it’s been really challenging and totally outside of my comfort zone. Imagine being taught french in FRENCH!!?!?!?! So 95% of the time I don’t understand WTH they saying *rolling eyes* I hope and pray the next few months brings me more clarity and understanding and hopefully less migraines!! Hubby is starting to speak German and finally understanding the majority of his meetings now, Algamdulillah. The language is the biggest barrier for us as a family here because coming from South Africa we weren’t exposed to the french language so it is completely foreign to us. I am even struggling to learn the french numbers!!! haha It is definitely going to take time, patience as well as determination to fully embrace it all and get it right!
To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world. – Chinese Proverb
So last year we had an insanely hot summer with lots of walks and picnics in the parks, day and night street markets with live bands, firework displays, lots of trips to the water feature but what we really missed were the visits to the beach and braai (barbecue) time with the family! The temperature went up to almost 40 degrees and even being in the apartment became unbearable because the french don’t like aircon so even using a normal fan will do absolutely nothing! Our elderly neighbours upstairs normally go to their other apartment in Nice – south of France for the summer months because they say Strasbourg is just tooo hot.
We also managed to visit Cape Town, South Africa in December to get a real summer holiday with family and friends. We decided we would take a tram to the train station in Strasbourg and then a train to Paris, stay 2 nights and then leave from Paris to Istanbul and, then travel directly to Cape Town. Travelling with 4 children, 3 BIG suitcases with a backpack on each ones back was very very very challenging because we took public transport to get from the train station to the hotel!! *rolling eyes* So imagine trying to shove everyone into a crammed up train and still get all our luggage in as well – it was a nightmare but we managed! The train doors almost closed on my son but he managed to get himself and his big suitcase into the train before it took off!! If you taking the metro in Paris you need to be sooo fast – no gevrektehuid (slowness lol) especially during peak times! We then had to use our friend Google Maps & Translate to help us navigate to the hotel. We spent one day exploring Paris and saw the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum as well as the Notre Dam Cathedral and just took in everything the city had to offer! The kids enjoyed themselves BUT started moaning after their feet started paining. When I checked how many steps we walked the Health App showed me more than 25 000 steps!!
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
Our time spent in Cape Town went soooo quick! Before we knew it was time for us to leave and head back home, back to reality, back to school, back to french classes *holding head & rolling eyes*.
Until we meet again – Au Revoir!
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost