I can’t believe my holiday time is already over.  I had a total of 19 days off, which was just what I needed after the trying year I’ve had.

The holiday started with a roadtrip down to Hermanus.  A 14 hour drive.

roadtripI’ve never been to Hermanus, and really liked the small sleepy town.

hermanusWe also witnessed some incredible sunsets.

sunsetA lot of time was spent on the beach getting our suntan on – I burnt quite badly right at the start of the holiday which suuuucked but at least I’m nice and brown now.

beachI did the bravest thing I’ve done in 5 years – hired a bike.  Now, I’m an overly-cautious (aka neurotic) person.  I’m scared of speed, danger, adventure.  So it’s unbelievable, but I actually cycled this bike into Hermanus town.  It was only 3km – but that’s 3km on a road with cars.  I freaked out a couple times, but I’m super proud of myself for doing that which scares me.

cyclingWe spent a day in Cape Town.  We had some Burger King (omg yum), after which, Ross and I went full-tourist and visited Table Mountain.

tablemountainWe came back home to celebrate Christmas with my family on Christmas Eve (part of our German heritage).  We also devoured a gingerbread house covered in Lebkuchen.  Delicious.  I couldn’t take any back with me to Joburg because I knew I would never stop eating.

gingerbreadhouseI then took it really easy, watched movies, had some orientation sessions at the new job, and even went ice skating!  I used to ice skate quite often – I even took lessons, but I lost my knack and was very nervous about getting out on the ice.  I actually really enjoyed it and am now considering taking up lessons this year – they can be done on Wednesday evenings, which would work perfectly for my schedule.

iceskatingBefore we knew it, New Years Eve was upon us.  My amazing friend Lani hosted us at her house – she is renowned for throwing the best parties.  It was such a great evening, with the perfect people.  We drank delicious punch, played hilarious drinking games and partied into the early hours of the morning.

newyearsWelcome, 2014!  Nice to meet you!

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