Last week we took our first family vacation to Uvongo on the eastern coast of South Africa. It's almost tropical there. I've never seen so much vegetation at the coast before. Absolutely beautiful. However, it's much different than the Carolina coast. Rocks cover most of the coast line so you can only access the beach at certain places. The beach access by our house had a little cafe, outdoor showers and a pool. Which is all really nice, especially if you have small kids. Plus there was a shop to buy anything you may have forgotten. So smart. It was a shame they didn't sell new born bathing suits. Or one that makes my post-preggie body look remotely close to my pre-preggie body.
The one thing the beach, actually South Africa as a whole, is missing is a proper ice cream shop. I know of one Häagen-Dazs shop in Sandton City. The few other ice cream shops only serve soft serve, prepackaged or frozen yogurt. That's not what I want when I am craving ice cream. The Skipper says I am just another spoiled American when it comes to my demands for creamed ice. Well yes, I am proud to admit that I am. I like quality. Not strawberry ice cream the color of a pink highlighter. My wants are for vanilla ice cream with real strawberry chunks. And I am willing to pay top dollar for it. In October, I paid roughly $7 for a small bowl/cone thing while I was home. Chocolate, with Oreos and strawberry pieces. AMAZING. Definitely willing to pay R49 here for a small if it was quality ice cream.
Therefore, my new dream is to open a Cold Stone Creamery type shop here in SA. I mean their slogan isn't The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience for nothing. Skip said no. He and I both know I will become fatter than a house if I own my own ice cream shop. He also said no to a Dylan's Candy Bar. But a girl can dream right?
So I am screaming for proper ice cream! Guess I should just make some in the ice cream maker we got as a wedding gift... But who has time to do that?
To my defense, we have made French Silk Chocolate, Pecan, and Strawberry ice cream before. Plus a Passion Fruit frozen yogurt. It's just so time consuming!! And that's just me being a lazy American.
Here's a few of my favorite pics from our vacation.
|Feeding in the park. Thank goodness for being prepared with a bottle. Not yet secure enough to just whip out one of the girls and feed in public.|
|Love this one. She looks so beautiful in her Ralph Lauren romper.|
|Ava already knows what a wonderful father she has. Look at the way she looks up at him.|
|Blurry, but I think that's what makes this photo great.|
|We found Oysters for cheaper than R18 a piece! How can Oysters be more expensive at the sea than in town??|
|The only photo of me on the beach or as close to the beach as I got. He should have blocked my belly, not my face.|
|The cutest little thing I've ever seen!|
|This guy has the life, an amazing Italian restaurant upstairs and his ocean front house downstairs with an herb and flower garden overlooking the ocean. Seriously, could life get any better?|
|Ava and I with my beautiful sister in law and her newest addition.|
|1st photo, the 1st day, on our 1st family vacation.|
ps. Never ever try the Krusher ice cream at KFC. Just gross.