In no time at all, we were dressed up in jeans and jeggings while t- shirts flattered by white sneakers for the imaginary snow around us. But of course the Pretoria heat made it seem like we were clad in coats and thick leather boots.
Now it was the morning and we could see everything Pretoria has for us. There is something about this place. Everything in here is legit, sun kissed by the sun and roasted till the mountains on the side show white pebbled stones. Beautiful fiery honey smiles we were so excited to take pictures.
Life was in it for us, we are young and free.
Today was the day for the zoo, exploring day in and day out with the birds and the sun against our skin. But we loved everything, sincerely.
The four of us trudged into the National Zoological Gardens the expected not expected. I was expecting to see lions running around like Kruger National Park, but that would have been stupid considering the fact that we left the car with a blooming twenty five rand pay.
Birds of all sorts in red, blue and green, white and even and old black and grey bird I am sure was the granny of all animals, was situated behind the tall gates overlooking the zoo.
Sunscreens on we walked on and on never looking back but slowly falling off breath. With our breaths coming in ragged breaths we anticipated to see the faraway lions happily.
Pushing on despite the hardships flailing we walked on and on seeing the lions eventually and settling amongst them. What such beautiful white lions, roasted brown, peach and furry we took the pictures of these lions.
It was later a hearty surprise to find ourselves driving towards Menlyn Park. Menlyn Park is the biggest mall in Africa. It is. I have seen it for myself. With hurried smiles we walked on falling in love with the wide mall. It is a good thing that they have Starbucks and Seattle Coffee Company.
Coffee is magnificent. Bliss, love and delicious warmed our hearts. Caramel Cold Coffee with whipped cream was on our minds. Exclusive Books crowded us with happiness while I took a picture of me reading a book by the apartheid. A book I will never perhaps read.
The thrill of the Starbucks pictures got us lost in time and before we knew it we were rushing through the traffic towards the kingdom hall which was to be held somewhere in Pretoria East. It was a blessing that we did not exactly come late.
Dressed in my grey pleated skirt and a blue floral matched up top, I was in awe. The comments in the kingdom hall were flourishing igniting a healthy sense in us and I felt rejuvenated a spiritual need that I knew I had but needed further. My two best friends looked like brides among the people of Jehovah- in love and in with happiness.
One of the comments was relevant as Regular Pioneers preaching the good news to people of all sorts, was the fact that we might get people who will not speak our language so good preparation is valuable and important. So learning a new language is probably the best thing.
Its Day three in Pretoria! Its already Wednesday and it already feels like so much has happened! We have met so many new people and shared the best moments with my best friends. I know there is more to come.
Today is the day we meet our uncle who lives over in Randburg. Randburg is a place near Johannesburg. So what does that mean? It means that in this sunny day we leave Pretoria!
I was really craving for the weather near Johannesburg. But with time against us and the circumstances of a uncharitable household - we wait. We decided upon loving every moment just as we had promised after boarding that bus of which was over half a thousand worth.
Chatting away in the sun, in the front road of the bricked home we took orphic pictures. It was like we were travelling as a journey in and out finding the best poses for the most breathtaking pictures created by the manifesto of the mind.
Finally, after the calming of the heart, it was time for us to head to the Pretoria CBD to load and collect more happiness wandering. That is with regards to preaching the good news for we need those hours as regular pioneers.
But the busy streets, the screeching cars as well as the scorching sun the tempger rose in us. This was guaranteed to not stay like this. But for every passing hour we wandered if we should take the Gautrain towards Midrand where it would drop us at the station and then take the bus towards Mall Of Africa.
What a trip! It would sure cost a fortune so we finally decided upon actually waiting for Aunt Lily to take us back. The whole ride was amazing. I had a part in finally realising what my writing could really come to use. All this time I could become a travel writer. I enjoy travelling actually! It might seem like a really exquisite but a regular pioneer like me has to travel!
I bought marvelous black heels in Mall of Africa just like I had always wanted. Mall of Af rica is beautiful and splendid but I wouldn't say it is my favourite. We ended up just like sitting there for likve eternity until late night. But our uncle eventually decided to show up.
It was a long night.
The happiness of finally seeing our uncle and his apartment finally ascended us like a halo. Hunger took over and there we were pounding on every restaurant till smoked chicken and meat flew us inside a 'Grillhouse' restaurant.
Late, we stumbled inside tired and hungry and of course we slept full and happy.
Spending the day in our uncles apartment, Jackals Creek, is AMAZING! Jackals Creek is the largest complete complex I have seen so far in my life.
There are simplexes, full complex and a bunch of standalone houses. During day time Jackals Creek is peaceful. I just love it. If it was not for the heatwave that keeps taking place here I would live here. But I think I will just ignore the heat for now.
The day was spent taking some of the creative pictures on the side of the complex on the hot deserted roads surrounding the high class golf course. It's sad I'm not interested in golf.
The sun scorched down our backs but we continued not looking back winding our paths down the complex. Our stomachs were growling so we went towards the apartment immediately dining on some fresh homemade eggs and half cooked sausages. Before I knew it the sun was setting and of course a quick dip in the swimming pool would not kill.
Splash splash the cool water went letting us laugh under the drifting afternoon. Happy pioneers we are! Now the night was descending and soon enough we were making macaroni and mincemeat for supper.
I can see there is a difference in the food Durbanites and Pretorian people eat. For starters Pretorian food is healthy and light. While Durban food has to have quite a bit of heavy starch and of course meat!
I got to experience the best of both worlds!
The night is heavy and as I sit here writing this travel blog I feel happy and content like always.
What a day! A fabulous and unforgettable day! I honestly never knew there existed a place called Sun City Johannesburg. After a painful discussion of having to not go to Gold Reef City, there was nothing to do besides taking up on the offer of heading to Sandton City mall. At first I wasn't totally into it but sometimes there has to be someone humble to make things happen. A rather humble situation brings happiness.
So my uncle dropped us off at the mall and we quickly departed already feeling the glass designed and mahogany walls and doors pull us in. Pictures on the square were definite, pleasant and young. There is something about taking pictures in the square of the most respected man in South Africa.
Restaurants surround the fountain square hallucinatying it with fresh cobbled streets where tourists like me felt at home. Tourists buzzed under the scorching sun chatting away in animated breaths. China, America, European and African were all there happiness filling the heart for the love of Gauteng.
Finally our stomachs rumbled and we went on to eat at a restaurant called Roco Mama's where real food was sold with immense spices that only this new restaurant has.
Clipping away on pictures and gobbling on delicious burgers and chips- we discussed the bill. But not long since we had the most delicious Freek Shake the universe could ever offer!
Sandton Library is like the palace of books and white space mirroring the feel of books! I loved it. Totally a bookworm there is no denying that. So we spent the whole hour embarked on Instagram posting and posting.
Gratitude overwhelmed us so we went to do some grocery and that too made us feel at home. Cornflakes, eggs, dishwasher liquids, fruits- you name it is the way to go. Crowding them onto the trolley we went to Exclusive books where we pruned over 'Milk and honey'. Like they have Rapi Kaur!
Sadly we couldn't find Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and with our hearts heavy we grabbed our H&M bags where we bought bags earlier on and ran out to meet our uncle who was to take us to Menlyn mall.
What an afternoon! Packed full in the back seat with bags and bags of luggage we fell into deep. Now it was time to go to 'exploring' Hatfield is what they said.
This was the day spent in the field ministry and later on we did some bowling. The morning wasn't so terrible as it was on Tuesday when we arrived. When I say terrible I mean lazy and tired. It was boiling alright. I needed the field ministry by now. There is no denying that! Jehovah is always with us.
Surprisingly my best friend and twin sister were wearing the same things. It was not exactly the same things boy that would look really weird.
I loved it!
The morning was busy as always. We had ro actually run around the house and doing as much cleaning. I wondered for the first time how did the family actually get their home clean?
It turns out they have a maid who comes on Mondays and Fridays. They are really living the life.
So the field ministry was totally worth everything. I was assigned with a very Pretorian Sotho woman. We spent the next hour talking about how she managed to know the truth. Her story should be written in the new year book. Seriously.
Where she was working a few years back, her very close friend and manager of the company had set the task of making it possible for her to read Literature. She find it somehow weird that at church she never felt 'air' empowering her.
I was touched.
Later that day we came home fed and up hungry from the sun burning every ounce of heat from us. So Gali was busy making some food. We had a place outside as a family as we had a beautiful picnic. It was mostly just orange juice.
I was a little uncomfortable because I could see they were still observing us close, I mean we are twins with a friend coming all the way from Durban. Where did the guts? Ask the friend on my mind. Also ask my writing desk.
Finally we went to buy a Quarter. This is a Pretorian must see and eat food. Just for the record, it is horrible. I am guessing it is the archers. Archers are terribly sour and acidic. Gauteng people seem to be in love with them!
Late night bowling was a last minute decision! I had so much fun. I put bowling as my next activity. Sadly I never won. But I loved being in the mall, Kauten Mall at night. It is straight empty.
Last minute pictures