Sunday, October 12, 2014

{Ode to South Africa}

Recently, my husband had to travel to Cape Town for a business trip. His new job requires more travel than before and so with Daddy being gone for over a week, I tried to think of ways to keep the family in touch with where Daddy was. We started by turning our fridge into an information station on all things South Africa. I printed off some pictures of maps, flags, animals and food commonly found there. The boys loved learning about this country and having it front and center helped my boys to focus on Daddy's adventure and feel like they were involved. Apologies for the terrible picture, but you get the idea of what I was trying to achieve. The boys coloured in a South African flag and these activities gave us a lot to talk about when Daddy arrived home. 

During the week and a half he was away, we also dabbled in trying some South African Cuisine. I bought a Boerewors sausage from our local supermarket and we had that for dinner one night. I am not normally a fan of sausages for dinner, but it was delicious and I understand why its a favorite dish in that part of the world.

The boys and I also made a melktert (milk tart) which is a delicious South African custard style tart. It went down a treat and no fancy ingredients, easy as, well, pie!  {Click here for the recipe}
Some other dishes we would like to try are the Bobotie and a 'Bunny Chow' Curry.

A great tip for people with kids who travel for work. Hubby took a minion toy away in his suitcase and sent us photos when possible of "the minions adventures". The boys loved it when I got to show them these photos and it became something they looked forward to. This is a great tradition we have started for when buisness travels are long and especially overseas. As great as technology is, you can't always bank on good wifi connections, and sometimes time zones don't favour facetime. This idea allows some communication with home, and for the traveling parent to send these photos when its easy for them.  

It has been an incredible experience learning about a culture other than our own. Especially when we got to see some of the sights and animals that daddy shared with us.

What a beautiful country and I would love to visit there someday. 
Q: If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
Lauren x

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