Look, Igor – IT’S ALIVE!

(Oh noes!)

Yes people, I’m still alive, still posted on this very badly neglected blog.

Quite a lot has been happening in my life over the last few months.  Most of the people who read this already know all the details, but for those who don’t – as of July, I have bid a not so fond farewell to Durban’s stifling humidity, and instead settled for the cold, wet and windy Cape (well, at least that’s what the weather is generally like at this time of year). I’m now working as a software developer for Web Africa – in other words, I am making your interwebs a better place. One line of code at a time. It’s great, and I’ve really learned a lot in the short time that I’ve already been there (most notably, how badly I suck at foosball). That being said, I do miss the people I left behind back in Durban, although whether they miss me or not is definitely up for debate… 😉

There’s so much that I’ve already gotten up to here that I could possibly fit into this blog post before I fall asleep at the keyboard (again!), but to sum things up a bit:

  • I was without a car for the first two months and had to rely on Metrorail to get me around the place. It didn’t take me very long to make a rather interesting observation: the automated voice that does the automated announcements at Cape Town station sounds exactly like GlaDOS from Portal. The way that she/it says “Metrorail apologises for the inconvenience” whenever a train was delayed has maliciousness all over it.
  • After two months, I managed to procure myself my own transportation – a Toyota Auris. It’s the one with the F1-syle gearbox, which left DJT all confused the time when I had to lift him somewhere.
  • Seriously, whoever designed Koeberg Interchange should be publicly hanged from one of the bridges. For the non-Capetonians, look on Google Maps for the N1/M5 interchange and you’ll have a rough idea of what I mean; for the Capetonians, you’ll know exactly what I mean. 😛
  • Cooling tower implosions are AWESOME!
  • People in Rondebosch, being of the student variety, generally can’t drive. The local Kauai had a student put his/her/its/blobs car through their front window last weekend!
  • Being without a piano/keyboard is seriously Not Cool! (Problem is that they’re hideously expensive.)
  • Visiting Monty for his 21st was awesome, though I doubt Monty will remember the morning after in the same light… 😉
  • Having Monty then come down, take you out and force you to socialise with the opposite sex was definitely a new experience, although I don’t believe I’m the type to just randomly pick people up, and I’m not sure I’d like to be that type either.
  • Someone PLEASE fix up Domestic Arrivals at Cape Town International Airport – compared with the rest of the airport, it’s absolutely hideous!
  • Taking a nice drive along the Cape mountain passes is nothing short of amazing; it just makes one realise what a beautiful part of the world this is.
  • All Web Africa developers are crazy, and none is more crazier than others.

I also have something more pressing on my mind right now, but that will have to wait for another time when I’m slightly less sleepy…

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