emails from friends
“How was the trip?” they ask
I send back some photos.
“Thanks,” they say
“but we’re waiting for some words…”
what are they besides things that blow in the wind?
Hear today gone tomorrow.
How to choose the perfect ones
which would tell you about the best bloody marvelous three weeks
Mr F and I just spent in South Africa
without using a cliche about how much we loved it there
loved being in deepest darkest Africa ♥
the red soil of Johannesburg
and the blue ocean in Cape Town,
the mountains wherever you look
and the fantastic hikes, each one my fave *ever*.
I loved the warmth of the South African people and their “English-isms”
like howzit and everything’s lekker man ,
the birds, oh god the birds that woke me up at 5:30 each morning,
animals, like baboons, penguins, lions and elephants, and the
flowers. Did you know Proteas, aloes and geraniums grow wild there?
And of course don’t forget the food
if you’ve never eaten South African toasted cheese and tomato,
biltong, or rusks
you’re missing out man!
and yet, I also hated it.
Hated the high walls topped with barbed wire
people barricaded inside
behind windows covered with burglar bars
burglar alarms of the “immediate armed response” variety
the empty streets
and the fear