Local and Lekker

Despite disappointing news on my business visa, it’s been an incredible week back in Cape Town. My friend James from our church small group phoned me on the way back from Namibia asking me if he could crash his last few nights in Cape Town in my guest room. He was staying with a family whose daughter he had met in London. However, they had a family medical emergency arise and apparently he felt it was better to give them space during what I assume is a challenging family time. James, his girlfriend, and their friend from Pretoria came over for dinner over at my flat and we made plans for their last week in Cape Town before they departing to tour the rest of SA.

On Tuesday we went in search of a Gatsby. The Gatsby is a sandwich that originated in Cape Flats area of Cape Town, which vaguely resembles our Hoagie sandwich. We ended up finding a take-away place that served them in the City Bowl. I ordered a half Gatsby, which ended up being an enormous beast served on a half loaf of French bread stuffed with chips (French fries), steak, and god knows what else. Wednesday afternoon James, Chelsea, Natalie, and I went into the townships to have lunch at a Cape Town staple, Mzoli’s Butchery. It was my first time to enter the townships intentionally and I honestly loved ever minute of it. There is no menu at Mzoli’s Butchery just a long counter filled with different cuts of meat. You simply queue up in line then point to the various cuts of meat, which are then piled onto a giant platter. After paying, you take your platter to the back where several men are manning huge wood fired braai pits, which your cuts of meat of tossed onto. For their last night   Town, we went over to James and Lindy’s flat, which Dan was house sitting and watched the Euro 2012 match Spain vs.Portugal.

This weekend is shaping up to be my best yet in Cape Town. Last night I went to celebrate my friend Farah’s birthday. This morning I met 2 friends from my running club to take a 6k run and Sunday the family leaves for South Africa!

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