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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Somerset West : Settling into the 'Burbs'

Almost 2 months in our new home in the 'burb's - Somerset West, and I can safely say that it's finally starting to feel like home.

Somerset West is a great little town, surrounded by mountains and referred to some as the preferred retirement choice.  It's definently not a sleepy town though, with night markets, a shopping mall and countless restaurants and coffee shops to choose from.

The move from Tygervalley to Somerset West was the biggest and most stressful move we've ever made. Not only because we had 4 years worth of stuff to sort through, but because at the time Somerset West just felt like it was on the other side of the world. We've come to realise that it's only on the other side of the mountain, and 30 minutes drive if you take the R300 and N2.  We had an excellent furniture removal company which did an amazing job and I'd quickly recommend Cape Express Movers to anyone moving house.

 Here are a few pics of the move and of our new place :)

Moving is an extremely messy job!

The cats trying to figure out what's going on with all the boxes

The new lounge/dining room

 The lounge area (a bit smaller but nice and cosy)

 The kitchen

 Geoff's room! No more dragons in the lounge :-)

Our house is so cute, and the complex we stay in is really beautiful, surrounded by gardens, streams, ponds and ducks. Very tranquil and calm. A few minutes walk to the shop and a nice area to go jogging in. The mall is quite different to that of Tygervalley though. I can't say that it's my favourite place to go, and probably why my Edgars and Foschini accounts have come down (yay!). There isn't nightlife here to speak of in terms of something like Edward Street, but it has it's other perks. Strand beach is closer to us than Bloubergstrand was, and Stellenbosch has ample clubs and pubs to choose from if you feel like a night on the town but don't feel like driving all the way to Cape Town.

So far, I'm impressed with this place, and especially the short time it takes to get to work! I'm looking forward to seeing what else this "quiet" little town has to offer in the following weeks and months to come :)

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