Another Christmas has come and gone so quickly. It was a pleasant day spent with my family enjoying old traditions and creating new ones. This year, we are breaking with the usual tradition of spending the week of Christmas at my mother’s house in Florida. After a lot of coaxing I was able to convince my mother that we should travel to South Africa for the holidays.
So today, my mother (who I often refer to as my Ace) and I will be boarding a 16-hour flight to Cape Town. The next few blog post will document our adventures together in the “motherland”. Making memories with her is important to me however, she and I vacation very differently. We have done mom and daughter trips in the past. Her idea of a vacation is hitting every shopping mall and buying the most expensive and extravagant items that the country’s high-end boutique stores have to offer (she may also try to find a tribesman and organize an arranged marriage for me). My idea of a great vacation is laying on the beach with a good book listening to the waves crash against the sand. Needless to say planning this trip has been its own adventure. For example, when I gave Ace a draft of our itinerary, her first question was why can’t we use public transportation? She can’t be serious. Her next question was if we were going to take a tour of wine country, why did we have to go to more than 2 wine estates? Breathe. After explaining that we were not “real Africans” and would stick out like a sore thumb on a local minibus and would be charged an arm and a leg the moment we asked a cab driver to take us somewhere, she conceded to allow me to rent a car. It’s a manual and they drive on the left side of the street so she also made it clear that I am the sole designated driver. As for the wine estates, she’ll appreciate it once we get there.
So today begins the adventures of Ace and I in Africa. She is traveling with THREE full suitcases for a 2 1/2 week trip. I’m traveling with 2 (one is pretty empty and solely for the purpose of bringing gifts back). Wheels up!!