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  1. Hi there! Just happened to look at the message board today. Thanks for your response. Yes, That whole Fairfax, northern Virginia area is where we are looking and your info is very welcome. There are just two of us as our sons are in college/working. We definitely want a 3 bedroom townhouse. I need to find a job in DC area before we move. (Senior Executive Assistant for CEO - any possible leads??). My husband is moving his business to DC area. Thanks again - I will definitely get back to you with further questions. Regards Lyn
  2. Does anyone have any advice on good areas to live/buy a 3 bedroom condo/townhouse in the Virginia part of DC. Fairfax? Arlington? Anywhere else? On or near the metro would be good. I am mainly wanting to know about good areas - when one is shown around by a realtor it could be a smart new development, but only the locals would know that it is not a good area for resale. Thanks Lyn
  3. Hi - we've been here for 7 years and I have discovered a few products that compare well with SA. Instead of Handy Andy try Comet heavy duty (white spray bottle with green nozzle). It is not abrasive but does a wonderful job) For clothes and dishwashers, the liquid soap is VERY weak compared to powder. My dishwasher on the inside was just sparkling after one use with soap powder as opposed to the liquid - so it must be just as good with the dishes. Paper towels and everyone's liberal use of them is just a wonderful discovery. No more gross cloths on the kitchen sink. Evern for the bathroom and toilet cleaning - marvellous. Also, I have learned that there is no cast iron rule that one has to have three vegetaqbles with a meal - remember we used to have one yellow, one green and then rice or potatoe!! Make one vegetable dish combined with onions, peppers or mushrooms and give everyone a lot of it with their meat - just fine And a last thought - why in the world did the maid vacuum the house everyday?!! Lyn
  4. Hi Hennie There are four hotel chains that I know of have self catering units - Extended Stay America Amerisuites Marriot Residence Inn Summerfield Suites Maybe you could look on the web and see if there are some of these close to Manhattan. They are here in the Princeton area which is an hours train ride to NYC but there may be some closer. It may be hard to get a studio for such a short time. Lyn
  5. Hi - thanks for asking! The picnic was great fun. We have been going for the 7 years we have been here. It is always relaxed and low key - no commercial bands etc as they have at others. But the Cape Dutch bakery from Maryland is always there selling boerewors and other SA products etc. We always meet new people and it is just a nice time of chatting and hearing everyone's stories. It was nearly washed out by rain but turned out to be a lovely day. Lyn
  6. For anyone in the NY/NJ area On the upper West side in NYC there is a store called Fairways (I think) They have Provita, Pronutro, chutney and a whole range of SA stuff. Wegmans here in NJ (and elsewhere) has Kalahari rusks, Ceres jiuce, Marmite etc etc. Nice!
  7. HI Eileen Welcome! There aren't a lot of us here but it is increasing all the time. I am nostlagic for Durbs but live in snowy Princeton so can't say it feels like home!! Lyn
  8. Just this morning at the mall, the lady at the Estee Lauder counter told me that she has a friend in Johannesburg who has a beautiful home overlooking the ocean!
  9. On June 22 we will have a South African picnic at Washington Crossing State Park - just south of Princeton. We have done this for several years. It is really relaxed and low key - i.e - no organized program. Everyone just sets up their picnic table (there are concrete tables and benches under the trees) and socializes. Great fun! Here are the details: 15TH ANNUAL SOUTH AFRICAN PICNIC DATE: Sunday, June 22nd, 2003 RAIN DATE: Sunday, June 29th, 2003 TIME: 11AM PLACE: Knox Grove, Washington Crossing State Park, New Jersey. Dear Everyone, This notice is so very late but I am hoping that you all remember that we hold our annual South African picnic in June. I hope you are still free to attend this year and to meet up with last year's crowd as well as any new folk, particularly the newest arrivals, the folk most recently arrived from South Africa. Please feel free to send this notice on to any South Africans that you know - all are welcome. Please arrive early as reservations cannot be made and the park can fill up on a nice day. So bring your friends and fun with you and have a lovely day catching up and relaxing. Do talk to the folk at the table next to you , you will be surprised at the connections that you might have. (Two people who'd never met before, discovered they were cousins, no fibbing, at the picnic one year !!!) Kevin and Amanda Fraser of Cape Dutch Bakery fame in Maryland are attending the picnic again this year. They were unable to attend last year due to prior commitments. They have generously offered free delivery to the picnic, of all your orders of South African delicacies. Thus you will get free shipping and handling on orders placed between 05- 30-03 and 06-19-03, delivered to the picnic. Please place all orders on line at: kevin[at]capedutchbakery.com or by telephone at: (301) 203-7990. Please place all orders ASAP as stocks are limited. All orders must be placed before Thursday, June 19th, 2003 to be delivered at the picnic. (No C.O.D.) They also have delicious boerewors and homemade koeksusters, so place your orders....... Hope to see you all at the picnic. Yours Sincerely, Judy. Directions to Washington Crossing State Park, N.J.: Take I 95 to the Delaware River. If on the New Jersey side of the River: Take Route 29 parallel to the Delaware River, direction Lambertville. Then Go to Route 546 take it direction away from the Delaware River. Then **** If on the PA side of the River: Take Route 32, direction Washington Crossing. Cross over the Delaware River at Washington Crossing . Go over Route 29 and to Route 546 which is straight ahead. Take it direction away from the Delaware River. Then**** ****The Park entrance is up the hill, on your left hand side. Park Attendants will direct you to Knox Grove at the park entrance. CHECK LIST 2003. 1. If the weather is uncertain please call me before 10 AM on June 22nd, to see whether the picnic will be postponed to the rain date June, 29th. Mostly though we go ahead with the first date. We have had a few sprinkles on us in the past, but it all worked out in the end. My telephone # is : (215) 355-4729. 2. Health issues. Any concerns, please call Dept. Health, Hopewell Township : (609) 737-0120 (Mon.- Fri. 8.30 AM - 4.30PM). A first aid kit is always a good idea for those skinned knees. 3. Any questions about the park, please call the park at (609) 737- 06233. A fee of about $3.00 is charged per car at the park entrance. 4. Bring your own picnic. The children love to braai marshmallows. It is always lovely to sample the traditional pap & sous the experts make, as well as the biskuit, koeksusters, meltert etc. 5. It is a State Park and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. We ran into a spot of trouble in 2000 with an over zealous Park Ranger, but do not let this dampen your spirits for this year. 6. Braai facilities are available and as most of us braai, please bring your own matches etc. Portable braais are allowed but they must be in good shape i.e. no holes in the bottoms. 7. Misc. items: table cloth, rug, sunscreen, insect repellent, chairs, a garbage bag per family (we have received compliments in the past from Park Rangers on how beautifully clean we have left the park in previous years. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE). 8. Bats , balls, mitts etc. are a lot of fun and there are swings for the younger set. 9. Lost property : If you take home extra baggage or are missing something, please call me and I will TRY and get things returned to owners.
  10. Hi everyone. I find it so interesting to hear out about the different paths everyone has travelled to get to the point we are all at now. Some have had more rocky rides than others but everyone faces the same basic adjustment curve. We have been in Princeton for 7 yrs. Two sons at college. Martin, my husband is a RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) and I work in the Cross-cultural department at Berlitz coordinating relocation programs for relocating executives.
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