So now I am in Jo'burg, and I've left the hotel only twice, both times to visit the local shopping center. MoBob and I have each been to South Africa several times, but never together, and he's seen more of the country than I have. I don't even know Pretoria very well. But I feel lucky to be here, my session went well, and it's always great to meet new colleagues. I hope to see a couple of friends while I'm here though I didn't think to plan more time for fun.
I've finally reached the point where my bags are permanently packed and ready to go with all the stuff I actually want. I've edited down quite a bit. For example I use to carry a tangle of cables with me, but I've left those out. Of course it depends on the type of trip I'm going on. No travel mosquito net needed for this visit!
I'm slowly making my way through Longbourn, which is a re-telling of P&P from the servants' perspective. It's excruciating reading because I know that not everything will end well. Plus reading the descriptions of how difficult life is for servants during that time - and these servants were with a relatively benign family. I zipped through The Assistants which was a light, enjoyable read. I'd summarize the novel as "young woman's revenge fantasy romance with the side benefit of paying off student loans." I didn't manage to finish The Swans of Fifth Avenue. I didn't enjoy the style, but at least there was a more human and sympathetic portrayal of Truman Capote.
MB called and said that poor Z had tummy problems. They are staying home today; just as well with the big winter storm. (It's the end of summer here in the Southern Hemisphere and the temps are in the 70s.) I'd purchased tickets for MB and Z to attend a number of fun performances while I've been gone - I'm sorry to miss out.