The truth is, I do not know this extended side of my family very well. My father is born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, but has been in the states since he was a young adult. It has been a long time dream of mine to come back here as an adult, and better learn about my dad's past and culture.
I am having the pleasure of being taken in by my dad's cousin, Lucinda, her husband Garry and her son Stephen. They are located in Blauuwberg, 5 minutes from the beach and a top kiteboarding destination, and have made me feel right at home. #pinchme
I have only been here 72 hrs, but have learned so much already. They must think I am the weirdest human as I take pictures of literally everything that makes me laugh (like all the aisles of Margarine in the grocery store. What can I say, we just don't see that at home!).
Here are the top 5 things I have learned (so far) from the locals.
South Africans do speak English, but with a dialect of its own intertwined with Afrikaans. So far my favorite expressions are "Lekker" ( "That view is lekker, ya?" aka "That view is nice, ya") and "Ag Nee Man" (aka "Seriously, man".)
South Africans LOVE to Braai (aka BBQ- but no one says that.) That being said, they take it to a whole new level with massive fireplaces, both indoor and outdoor, loads of meats (think all things gamey). If you have a full animal to cook, it then becomes a "Spitbraai". So far I have managed to create confusion as I do not eat red meat and am so content with my exotic mushrooms skewers (But really- I am so stoked on them. Delicious).
South Africans can drink. Wine, gin, you name it it, it's there (well, maybe not Tequila). Also, I learned that Caramel Vodka shooters between courses is a thing. Yes, it will lead to a massive hangover. Not complaining.
Healthy living and eats are still being implemented here (not referring to the surfers etc...) - but it is as easy as putting your running shoes on and jogging along the coast, or joining thePark Runs which meet once a week in various vineyards and outdoor recreational parks. Gotta earn all that wine ya know.
There is a local fish they like to Braai named "Snoek", and it is covered in an Apricot spread and then cooked slowly until it falls apart. You have to take it slow though- it is notoriously bony and you will swallow one if you eat at an American's pace. So as they say, "Slow down, it's Cape Town".
Tomorrow I will be hitting the City Center with Stephen as my personal tour guide- So Lekker! Can't wait. (Am I using this word right?!)