Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter from Cape Town!

Woohoo, Easter Break! I have no class this upcoming week (but a few projects due the week after) so I have been enjoying the holiday weekend.

The morning of Good Friday was chilly—we could see our breath in the cold. I don’t think I’ve made peace with the fact that I’m about to face another winter…

Went with PJ’s whole family to 9 a.m. service. I could tell just by looking around the room that I was probably the only English-speaker and non-South Africa in attendance; PJ’s dad confirmed this for me when he asked the congregation for any English-only speakers to raise their hands (He’s a minister, so he was already at the pulpit.) No one did… not even me. But it was a nice gesture—he said he’d try to mix in English with Afrikaans for a certain American guest.

Back at the house there was a delicious brunch, and then PJ and I spent the rest of the day at a neighbor’s house. Played an endless stream of dominoes, and my luck came back! And left, and came back. Ah, that’s the game.

Finally tried pickled fish, a Good Friday legend in these parts. It was tasty! I guess I didn’t imagine so much curry involved, which was a nice surprise. The tangy, sweet-and-sour taste went together well with some soft hot cross buns, which I never would have thought to mix together. Yummy.

A 10-year-neighbor painted my nails, and to pay her back, I kept her in a steady supply of gummy bears from the corner shop. It’s fun to be the Easter Bunny!

Saturday began with fruitcake and coffee—but this was not fruitcake as I know it in the US. It was a heavy cake that felt more like a carrot cake or a spice cake—no gelatinous weirdness here. Apparently it’s PJ’s favorite kind of pastry, so that’s a pretty high recommendation.

Peej and I took a taxi trip to visit his grandfather and cousin. Stretched out in the sun of the front lawn to talk about history, politics, literature and movies.

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Oupa reads in the sun. Photo by Peter-Jon Grove

Today was Easter Sunday and I made my best effort to get up at 5 a.m. for sunrise service… but I just couldn’t do it. It was dark and rainy all day, so I just ate brunch, napped, drank tea and napped some more. Woke up to read books, hem a dress, and call home—riveting, I know.

Tomorrow is a public holiday, but we’ll be busy—this week we signed a lease for a beautiful beachfront studio! There is a deck. This is the view:


Upper Greenpoint is closer to campus, closer to Cape Town… Bring it on.

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