Mom, Dad and Tita arrived on Tuesday bearing many missed goodies from the US. I didn't realize how much I missed the convenience of Amazon.com. Alex, of course, had a suitcase devoted entirely to her. New books and toys from Auntie Sharon and Ella and bathing suits and new Tea Collection dresses from Lola.
Marc, my parents and aunt spent the afternoon in Soweto, getting a glimpse of life in the townships for black South Africans while Alex and I stayed at Bambanani - the child friendliest, non-fast food, grown-up restaurant ever. You get to have a civilized adult lunch, followed by a macchiato in a stylish modern dining room while your child plays in the play structure hidden in the back and watched by "child minders." They need this concept in Brooklyn.
The following day we made our way to Kruger with a few pit stops in between to visit a Ndebele tourist village and wove our way through hilly pine plantations on the Panorama Route. Our fabulous hosts, Ina and Johan at Autumn Breath in Graskop treated us like family.