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…on returning from honeymoon

Sunday will be two weeks since Andrew and I got back from our extended time way. They have been two of the busiest weeks of my working life. On the plus side, that meant that I got to archive the 879 emails I missed while I was away without reading them. On the minus side, I think I’m getting wrinkles.

I’m fully committed to staying relaxed in the face of this onslaught, and so I’ve been thinking fantasizing a lot about the honeymoon. It’s worked, to an extent. It’s also helped me reflect on some of the things I observed in South Africa, viz.

  • South Africa is a beautiful country full of stunningly attractive young people and leathery, racist old people.
  • The food in South Africa is extremely delicious and cheap as free. An example: we had an amazing tasting menu with wine pairings at the Cellars-Hohenort. It was in the top 10 meals we’ve ever eaten. It cost less than £200 for the two of us.
  • The severity of ongoing racial segregation was shocking and saddening. I know pan-generational lack of opportunity is a huge problem in the UK, for example, but it’s easier to ignore since it doesn’t map so closely to a racial divide.
  • I hate it when people are rude to waiters.
  • South Africa has the best non-champagne sparkling wine in the world.
  • And the best desert wine in the world full stop.
  • I need to spend more time sleeping and reading. It improves life and costs very very little.
  • I don’t particularly like hot weather or the sun. It’s nice to be home and wearing a jumper.
In other news, we’re moving offices. My commute will go from 4.1 miles (about 22 minutes on a bike) to 1.4 miles (about 22 minutes on foot). The walk will go through St George’s Gardens (yay!), Brunswick Centre (with its great cinema: yay!) and Russel Square (yay!) and past the British Museum. Very much looking forward to it. Pictures of the new office soon.

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