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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hello from Cape Town, South Africa.

The first and most important thing I want to write about is a whole-hearted "thank you" to everyone's support for this new chapter in my life. I could not do this move without my family and friends. I just want you to know how special you are to me.

With that said, Cape Town is the most spectacular city I have ever laid eyes on. I have learned so much about this culture and its only been 2 days. I have eaten sushi on the beach with friends, and had a home cooked meal with a family I know in the heart of the city.

As per the Television station...Wow, is all I can say. They have treated me with the up-most respect and friendliness. This means so much to me seeing that this is a terribly vulnerable move for a 25 year old. From fresh flowers, to a team of movers and a chauffeur...this has been a real journey that anyone could get used too.

Well, I am laying here in my new flat. It overlooks Table Mountain and the "Mother City." What a spectacular view. This is God's country. He has provided this to the people of this world. What a great gift. I feel honored to be here with such a mission. It is great task to perform the weather in another country, or World for that matter. But what a challenge! If I didn't attempt this feat, I would be regretting it the rest of my life.

The internet connection is terribly slow in South Africa and it has provided me some difficulties that I promised earlier in Amsterdam. I was in an internet cafe in Amsterdam and uploading wonderful pictures of everyone that came to my going away parties. Unfortunately, as life has it, my web-browser failed me. So the pictures I have where not uploaded. South Africa, as it seems, has too slow of a connection to upload pictures as the moment. I am currently trying to figure out this problem by changing the resolution of my pictures.

Without getting into painstakingly detail, life is wonderful here. The official start date to our 24-hour news and weather channel is June 1st. However, it sounds like I will be going on-air in about a months time. YIKES! I have to learn all new countries/provinces and weather patterns in such a short time. I am up for the task, but it sure seems overwhelming.

I will write more when I can. As soon as I can post pictures, I will. In the meantime, embrace life and the experiences' it provides.

~Cheers from South Africa~

Derek Van Dam


  1. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Hi Derek,

    Sounds like a "dream come true" for you. I am pleased to hear how wonderful this experience already is for you and also that you made your travels safely and that the move was seamless! God is GREAT! Thanks again for taking the time to keep us all updated back in the states. I look forward to more updates as the months progress. God Be With You Always!

    Your Friend,
    Bill Pavlov

  2. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Greetings from Michigan Derek,
    Sounds like you are on cloud nine!! I am glad that you made it there safely and that they are taking really good care of you. They are all lucky to have you and I am sure that you will do a great job with your new journey. Take care and I look forward to hearing more about your new journey. May God continue to bless you and keep you safe!! Kepp Smiling!!



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