Vasbyt - Min Dae (few days)

LastDaysIn the way back days, when 2 year military services was compulsary in South Africa, service men would count off the days left to the completion of their military stint. At 100 days left, we would earnestly start the countdown and this period was called "Min Dae" - Afrikaans for "not many days left". This was normally preceeded with with the word "Vasbyt" - meaning "bite fast" or "hold steady". "Vasbyt" was a kind of motivational saying we all used amongst each other to indicate that it will not be long anymore before all this shit will come to pass.

Now almost forty years later, I once again find myself mentioning "min dae" and counting the days left. We have another 7 working days left at the company and then we are done with our contractual obligations of handing the company over to the new owners. In addition to these few remaining days at the company, we also have just around 100 days left before we leave South Africa and depart on our world cruise. First stop - St Helena in the middle of the Atlantic. Can't wait for this day to arrive!

"D Day" means "Ready to sail"
Voyaging belongs to seamen

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