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Cape Town, with Table Mountain, viewed from Signal Hill (Photograph courtesy of Andres de Wet)
Both of us were
brought up in the southern suburbs of Cape Town and attended local schools.
Following our schooling, Mike read for an engineering degree which was followed with a post-graduate degree
in Engineering, while Judith completed her qualifications to become a teacher. Isn't it funny how many
engineers and teachers end up getting married!
The following photos were taken in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, or the Cape Peninsula as it is known.
Table Mountain and Devil's Peak from the V & A Waterfront.
Diasstrand (Dias Beach) at Cape Point.
Fish Hoek with Simonstown in background.
Hout Bay and Karbonkelberg from Chapman's Peak.
Kalk Bay Harbour with Simonstown in background.
Kalk Bay towards Muizenberg.
Constantiaberg with Elephants Eye Cave.
Constantia Valley with Constantiaberg.
Looking from Witsand Beach towards Misty Cliffs and Scarborough.
Kommetjie Beach with Chapman's Peak and Karbonkelberg in Background.
- Bloemfontein - February 1998
the completion of our tertiary educations, we relocated to Bloemfontein in early
1998 and lived there for five years. Bloemfontein only has a population of
about 400,000 and made for a nice change from Cape Town. Although Bloemfontein
is regarded as being in the middle of nowhere, this is not really true.
Johannesburg is only four hours north (but why would you want to go there
anyway), the beautiful Eastern Free State is only a couple of
hours to the east, you have the Northern Cape a couple of hours to the west,
and the Drakensberg within a few hours drive to the north-east. In
particular, the Drakensberg offers serious hikers a chance to get away from it
all and is regarded as rugged, and can be extreme.
Bloemfontein itself is
small which means that you never have far to go for anything, and peak hour
traffic is non-existent. Living on the outskirts of town and still being able
to commute to work by bicycle was an absolute dream. Furthermore, the locals
are the friendliest crowd around; we have very fond memories of the people we
met in Bloem.
After living in
Bloemfontein for a few years, we started the Australian immigration process
which took us approximately two years from the day we made the decision to
apply for Australian Permanent Residency, to the confirmation that it had been
granted. A very long process, but in the end all came good. Having organised
employment in Sydney, it was then time to arrange for removalists
and closing of all our South African affairs.
2003, we boarded an aeroplane in Bloemfontein, transferred to International
Departures in Johannesburg, and left South Africa for the Land Down-under,
Click on the
link to see the places we have camped in South Africa (link).