What Did We Do?

Dennis and Jenny Hacker's Sojourns in Africa

Here we go again!

July 7, 2019

After returnig home from Africa in 2018, we were overwhelmed with things we had never experienced before: Our “goddaughter”, Donna, passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 41!; our Minister’s husband, Dan, was diagnosed with stomach cancer and passed away six weeks later; another friend sustained a relapse of lymphoma and was successfully treated and is now doing fine; and on it goes.

Due to a loose femoral implant, I had hip revision surgery in January. Everything in that regard is really much better. No pain with the surgery. Kaiser doctors are now putting in a long acting (1 week) local anesthetic. If I hadn’t been ordered to use a walker, I would have walked straight away. Now, 5 months later, I’m doing great except for lymphedema that can occur after surgery.

We sold our veterinary hospital building after it had been repaired due to damage that occurred when the building next door was being demolished to build apartments. Because our building was used commercially and due to tax laws, we had to purchase another building to be used commercially. After some soul-searching, we found a villa next door to our friends’ villa in Palm Springs. The price was right and so, with the property never having been on the market, it became ours. It will be a great rental property. All this happened in just a few weeks.

Now, we are off for another adventure to the African continent. We departed for Atlanta on June 25th to visit Jenny’s brother, Jim, and his wife, Gail. It was a relaxing time and we were able to get accustomed to EDT, which was 3 hours closer to Cape Town’s time than San Francisco’s.

On June 30th, we departed for Cape Town. We are both so excited to see our friends again. We’re not excited for the flight time we are about to endure, but the final result will be worth it.

Well, maybe not. The flight was only 14.5 hours from Atlanta to Johannesburg instead of 22 going via Heathrow or Amsterdam. BUT, there was moderate turbulence over the Atlantic, which frightened Jenny so much that she couldn’t sleep, even with a sleeping pill!

Our plane had a delayed departure for some unknown reason. My Delta App said the plane had arrived at 1:45 P.M. from Amsterdam and we were due to depart at 8:00 P.M. According to our pilot, they didn’t begin to clean the aircraft and do a security check until 7:00 P.M. These two steps took over an hour. We were 1 ½ hours late arriving into Jo’burg. Running through airports is becoming a normal procedure for us. We look like a couple of track stars on the gallop. Fortunately, our flight with Mango Airlines from Jo’burg to Cape Town was also late. We arrived in Cape Town at 10:15 P.M.

After getting our baggage in CT, we saw Timoth awaiting us. When he saw us, he began crying like crazy. We hugged him and soon all of us were weeping. After loading Timoth’s car, we drove into the CBD (Central Business District) and found our apartment.

After signing in, we got into the apartment and unpacked. We got into bed at about 1:00. At about 5:00 A.M. the trash trucks began emptying dumpsters and then the buses, motorcycles, etc began their daily routines.Although we are 8 flights up, there are only single paned windows on the flat. Jen couldn’t get to sleep until about 2:00. Very little rest that night.

Tuesday was a day of shopping for needed items and getting data and telephone SIM chips. We were exhausted when we got back to the apartment. We made an unfortunate decision in lying down for just an hour. I was groggy after awakening. We went to bed at about 10:00. Jenny never got more than 1-3 hours of sleep a night over the next 3-4 days. She’s exhausted. Last night (Friday) was the best sleep she’s gotten in a week (5-6 hours). It was quite last night because it was raining like crazy.

After 3 days with no sleep, we called our rental agent and told her we wanted to move. The CBD is not what we want. We will have to break our lease and pay a penalty. Well, no matter what we have to pay to get out of here, it is cheaper than a nervous breakdown that Jen is headed toward.

Today, Friday, our housekeeper, Jossie, has come to begin cleaning this place. It is really a nice apartment but it needs cleaning. Dust is everywhere as there are three construction sites within a block of here. These also add to the noise pollution that is killing us. I sent an email to our agent telling her that we want out of our lease and to please begin look for another flat for us to rent.

All-in-all, it is great to be back in Africa and Cape Town. The adventure continues.

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