06/25/2010 - 06/25/2010 66 °F
Sad indeed, as Tobias and Sina, come by in the morning on their way to the airport. We had a great time with time. It was wonderful to see Tobi again and great to meet Sina. It was superb that they made the trip. Of course, we wish them a safe and uneventful journey back to Germany.
Since we had been trying to cram in many events in the past few days, we took it a little slower and easier today. And with a lack of a real plan, we did not get out until late. We thought we might see the Muslim area (Bo-Kaap) and some souvenir shopping. We had not gotten very far from the cottage when a vicious green trash receptacle lunged out and attacked Kate. Just kidding, it was a quirk that she snagged her pants as she walked by it.
We skipped Bo-Kaap and just did some shopping in the downtown Green Market area with the local craft vendors. We also hit some department stores. We had a lamb kebab at a little café. We returned to catch the Brazil vs. Portugal match and prepare for the evening out to Cape Flats to have a braai (cookout) with the people we had met the other day. We caught the second half at the hotel and waited for Wilma as we were going to follow her to her house after she got off of work.
Wilma and Roger were so incredibly gracious hosts. We could not believe these people were inviting us into their home and prepare an excellent meal for us. We had just met them a few days ago; it was quite something. We also met their daughter, Germaine, her boyfriend Ryan, and a nice couple Christopher and Shana as well as some others. They prepared snoek (a white fish) on the braai as well as biryani and homemade roti with curry. Then, her sister brought over samosas that were excellent as well. We found it to be very Indian like food, but they insisted it was not.
Part of why we got to know them is that they were peaked about us being from the DFW area. Their son played soccer in the Dallas Cup and Roger had been their with his son. We caught the Spain vs. Chile game and enjoyed a wonderful dinner and very interesting conversations. They were so gracious and friendly that when we finally left, after midnight, they caravanned us out of their neighborhood and about halfway home even though we were sure how to find our way back.
Quip of the day: “South Africans are the most hospitable people in the world.”