I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for the last couple of weeks, but things have been so chaotic this side, that I’ve hardly had the chance to breathe – let alone put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, rather).
If you follow me over on Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen that I’ve been dropping some hints on our upcoming move, but I haven’t actually mentioned exactly when or where we’re moving. Our current lease ends at the end of July so we always knew that we would be moving house, but we had no idea that we’d be moving to a house all the way on the other side of the country! Yep, we’re moving back to Johannesburg at the end of July, and although I never thought I’d ever consider moving back to Jozi, I’m excited and really looking forward to this next chapter.
The decision to move to Jozi was a sudden and unexpected one, but one that we didn’t take lightly. We’ve been house hunting since the start of 2017, but when we couldn’t find anything within our budget in Somerset West, we started looking further afield. We toyed with the idea of moving back to Noordhoek, but rental prices have shot up in the four years since we last lived on the Peninsula, so it’s a no-go. We contemplated moving to somewhere like Hermanus or Plett, and even did a spot of late-night (online) house hunting in Grahamstown (my love for the Eastern Cape will never die). But nothing felt quite right. My husband has always preferred Johannesburg over Cape Town (for several reasons – number one being the great social life and networking opportunities available in Jo’burg), so he’s brought up the idea a couple of times over the past few months – and each suggestion was met with a firm NO from me. There was no way that I’d ever move back to Jo’burg… until I woke up one day, decided to do a little online search for homes in Jozi, and suddenly found myself rather excited at the prospect of moving back. It just felt right. I have family nearby, most of my best friends live in Johannesburg, I think the move would be better for my little business… and the property prices in Johannesburg are ridiculously affordable (when compared to prices in the Western Cape).
My husband and I started chatting about the possibility of relocating to Johannesburg, and all of a sudden, everything started falling into place. Work opportunities, accommodation for July (we’ll be staying in Kalk Bay in a house belonging to family), accommodation for our first month in Jo’burg if we aren’t able to find a suitable house before then… I don’t know how else to explain it, but it honestly feels as though we’ve been stuck for the last year and a bit, and with this decision to move back to Jozi, everything just started to flow again. I feel like we’re meant to do this. (And in many ways, I feel as though the Western Cape has literally chewed us up and spat us out… we started our journey in the Cape living in Tamboerskloof, and found ourselves moving further and further out – first Chelsea Village, then Noordhoek, and now Somerset West – and now it almost feels as though there is nowhere left for us to go within the Western Cape. Does that make sense?)
As excited I am for this new adventure, there are also (obviously) plenty of reasons that have me hankering to stay in the Cape. Top of the list? My family? My parents and my brothers (and their families) all live in Somerset West, and I see my mom almost every single day, so that’s going to be a difficult adjustment. Fortunately, Sean’s brother and sister (and their families) live up in Jo’burg, so it’s a great opportunity for us to bond with that side of the family again (and for Bean to finally meet and get to know his two cousins!) Several of my family members, including my grandparents, all live nearby, so I’m excited to get to see them all a whole lot more as well. And then, of course, there are all my close friends… and all the trendy coffee shops and eateries that have opened up in recent years that I’ll have the opportunity to explore. I’ve felt as though I’ve been stuck in a rut for so long, so I’m really looking forward to shaking things up a little bit.
I’m currently sitting on my bed in the middle of (what used to be) our lounge, with boxes surrounding me everywhere I turn. We’ve managed to find tenants for our current home for 1 July, which means that packing is on full speed at the moment as we attempt to pack up our entire lives in the space of a week. Family of ours have very kindly offered their home to us while they’re away, so we’ll be spending our last month in the Cape in the magnificent Kalk Bay. I’m so excited about this, as Kalk Bay is quite possibly my favourite place on earth (after Noordhoek, of course).
I thought it might be fun to chronicle our move to Johannesburg in video format, so I’ll start filming a few vlogs this week and will have that up for you to watch early next week, in case you’re interested. I still have so many posts that need to go up during the next couple of weeks, so I’ll be blogging every chance I get – but please excuse the occasional bout of silence (especially towards the end of this week, when things are going to get a bit manic, I’m sure!)
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post – I hope you enjoy following along on our newest journey. I’m looking forward to sharing our upcoming Jozi adventures and explorations with you all. Jo’burg, here we come!
PHOTOGRAPHS | Seth David Parker