By some small miracle, a box of books and other educational materials we shipped on June 25 finally arrived yesterday. It’s not a miracle that a parcel was successfully sent from a major American city to a world capital city…it’s a miracle that the box survived the journey.
As a Fulbright scholar, the U.S. Embassy afforded Jenny the opportunity to send 4 boxes through Diplomatic Pouch service, which meant that we could ship certain items all the way to Pretoria by simply sending them to Washington, DC. The State Department would then forward the items to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria free of charge.
We were warned that it would be a “difficult trip” for any boxes we shipped, so we selected a strong, new book box, packed it carefully and taped it like a grandmother would a birthday present (does she really need to make it that hard to get to a savings bond?). Even after all of that, the box barely survived.
But, it did.
Still, for those of who who have
threatened offered to stuff yourselves in a box so that you can be shipped to South Africa for a visit, I would not recommend Diplomatic Pouch as a means of travel. You will actually get slightly more leg room and marginally better treatment on United Airlines. And much better treatment on South African Airways*.
In any case, now Jenny has all the books, files and supplies she needs to start her research, so you probably won’t hear from her again on the blog as she’ll be very busy. (I’ll try to make her take breaks…)
Oh, and if you’d like to send us anything by post (like baked goods, cheaper internet or a car that drives on the right side of the road), this is the best address:
Dr. Jenny Hoobler
Department of Human Resource Management
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Private Bag X20
Pretoria South Africa
No pressure. If you’d just like to send us email or ideas for blog posts or someecards, that’s cool, too.
*This marks the second time I’ve linked to SAA, by the way, so one of you needs to click and make a reservation.