I've been lurking in the background while i wait for our time in cape town to roll around.
Carry Barry 44 congratulations on the twins!
Leshoja good luck for POAS my fingers ar crossed for you.
AFM our donor has now confirmed she's avaliable for testing post the 27th of August so we've tentatively locked in a transfer for the 4th october pending successful tests. Slightly freaking out over the fact that i wont be booking anything until 3 weeks before we leave. I'm such a planner and like to have everythjng locked down. It doesnt help that we were meant to be moving over these exact dates so will now either have to move right before leaving or as soon as we get back! I'm so excited though and can't wait to get over there.
I'm going to give my donor a care package of quintessential aussie treats as well as something else small she can keep. I'm thinking Tim Tam's, Caramello Koalas.... anyone got any other treat ideas i could use?
4th October is my birthday - good omen ?!
I'm a planner too, so I am feeling your pain! I took my time to research so that as soon as I got the 'start booking things' message we just pulled the trigger.
We have made a list of what we would like to do and thread #9 has a bit that runs for a few pages on things to do. Try around page 50. Due to the uncertainty of EPU and transfer timing we are booking nothing but once we are over there and have a better idea of timing it will be a case of 'tomorrow's free, lets book 'x''.
On to the donor gift idea... avoid Vegemite! Maybe some Aussie chocolate like Haighs? Or some Aussie sweets in case she's not in to chocolate. There might be some clues in her profile that you can use.
Our donor is a post grad uni student doing her teaching qualifications. Her profile reflects that she enjoys literature so my initial thought was a gift certificate from a CT bookshop. When pursuing this train of thought I came across a bookshop that supports a literacy program in schools. So I am going to contact them to see if I can make a donation to the program in her honour.
Apart from Airbnb have a look at http://www.stayincapetown.co.za/
I saw it mentioned a few threads back their listings are studios, one beds and two beds. I looked at Airbnb along with stayincapetown. I ended up booking through stayincapetown. They just happened to have the place that suited us best.
We got a modern one bed with full kitchen, washer/dryer and secure parking on the canals near the waterfront for $81/night. CT doesn't appear to be sprawling so I think there will be options everywhere and not too far from anywhere.
Sunny - you are dead on about the $1100 - my mistake. I went back and looked at my tax return and realised I owed $400 on the private health insurance levy so the $700 is net of that.
KMP - sorry if the conversation upset you. I figured the financial aspect has such a great impact for most of us when we are on this journey, that the cessation of the offset was relevent to raise as I for one hadn't realised it was ending.
Last edited by Cathy69; 22-07-2015 at 14:24.
I also think it's relevant to talk about those things as well, there are plenty of things that don't apply to me in these threads or that have been said that don't sit well with me, but I wouldn't ever suggest that others need to stop talking about them.
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