East London

Next on our trip was a stop in Sunny East London. We arrived to a wonderful Braai with the family, again it was great to see everyone and fantastic for Sean to have the opportunity to meet everyone.

The next day saw us travelling up the beautiful wild coast to Chinsta where we had the opportunity to stay for 4 nights at my parent’s timeshare. It was absolutely beautiful and despite a little wind we couldn’t have asked for better weather. There was a great little café there called the Barefoot Café that made the most amazing pizzas so we happily had dinner there on the second night but every other night Sean tried his hand at making a proper South African Braai, which he did very successfully.  Being at the beach for a few days was amazing and such a break from the heavy city living we had become used to in London. On the last day there we even embraced our Wild West side and did some horse riding along the beach.

It was back to reality after our little holiday in the holiday and it was raining (of course) so we ended up spending most of the next week at home or just picking up last minute gifts for everyone and waiting around for news on our visa. But SO fantastic spending time with mommy and Ian and we can’t thank them enough for making our stay there so lovely and for all they did for us.

We knew our case worker had received all our paperwork and were very disappointed to get an email from him saying that visa times have been extended and we should be able to expect it in July. Since we had already booked our tickets for the 14th June we were both very sad to find out we may need to move our flights (at a cost of course). So after sending him an email explaining our situation we were ecstatic to get an email an hour later confirming my visa was successful!!!

So off to Johannesburg we went after a very emotional goodbye to go see my aunt and uncle. I really enjoyed our 1 night there and even though it was such a short time I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them all. And it was great to have a haven to wait out the delays to our flight to Australia thanks to the volcano in Chile. Quantas was amazing and gave us a call to let us know about the delays and make sure we knew when to get to the airport, they even surprised us by buying us dinner at the airport. So after a very long 6 hour delay we were finally on our way…onto Australia!!!

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