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14 Dec 2008
Kay ... I console myself by acknowledging that a 1.9 TDi would be total overkill in a town that is 4km x 4km big. I so wanted my next car to be a Mini Cooper but I'll wait and see what the universe has in store for me. I couldn't think of anything worse than going to a carjacking avoidance course. I agree, I'd rather do a cooking course and pray for protection.
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13 Dec 2008
Finally! Things are seeming less unreal and I woke up with a sense of excitement and panic ... a bit of a stomach churning combination of feelings. I'll have to turn into Superwoman and really get stuck into things now. If I don't, I'm not going to enjoy Christmas and our little break down in Cape Town.

It is hard to believe that my current way of life is soon going to be over my regular routine will be replaced by another one which I can't quite imagine. I'll be handing over my gorgeous little car and I have no idea when I'll get another one and what it will be. I'll soon be an immigrant - someone with a funny accent who does things differently - this is really wild stuff! A total uprootment.

It will take a bit of getting used to living without a security system, razor wire, beams, burglar bars, no wall in the front garden and not even a garage for the cars. It will be fantastic when it finally dawns on me that I can relax and really start enjoying life like a normal person.

I was thinking about motivation behind my current car (1.9 TDi) - I picked it because it has a diesel engine and they are not popular with hijackers as they are more complicated than petrol engines (less easy to pop into another car body at a chop shop) and because it is fast (you never know when you need some serious speed). Now hopefully my next car choice will be motivated by normal reasons!
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