– Her disbelief was palpable. Having just arrived at Chapman’s Peak view point, overlooking the vast ocean, her four year old eyes and mind were clearly and completely dumbfounded.
We were flying around a sharp corner. That last part of Chapman’s Peak right where it turns into Hout Bay. It’s difficult to hear anything except adrenalin pumping through your veins at that point, but this one-liner from a passing cyclist stood out.
We hear it said all the time, “South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world.” And it’s true. But to really pack the punch, I think next time I hear it I’ll be following up with this one-liner, “Yup, this is God’s country.”
He was a little man named Noor and the tour guide at District Six Museum. We arrived early on a Sunday morning, only to find that our tour hadn’t actually been booked. Graciously, he still took the time to talk to us. A man with many memories, you could see the impact of Apartheid in his eyes. His grandfather had thirty children and four wives, all born from the same house on what was then Caledon Road in District Six. Despite owning twenty-nine other houses in the area, the family has yet to be recompensed with one, forty-six years later.
We all sat waiting in anticipation for the Adderley Street lights to come on. Apparently some more excited than others.
I turned my head to see Fifi (the dog) galloping down the stairs of Rhodes Mem. Her owners close behind. Across the cobble-stones, right past the Instagrammers, UP into the air. Fifi flew!
Upon landing (on the other side of the 4 metre drop), she looked up, tongue out and tail wagging. Dogs rock.
– the tall guy chanted as we cowered in his shadow.