Living in Cape Town is wonderful. Living in Cape Town during the summer is indescribable.

To give you a peek of my life, here are the top five things that will forever define a summer in Cape Town in my memories:

 

5. Fruit: Cape Town fruits are too good, it almost seems unfair to the rest of the planet. In December I was eating fresh peaches, bananas, mangoes, plums, and apricots nearly every day. I now have eaten grapes, watermelon, a few other fruits that I can’t even name, but give names to (one of which I call “Dirigible” after the Harry Potter series).  I have even eaten Gooseberries, which are not a mythical fruit, but actually a delicious golden berry that reminds me of a tomato, a pomegranate, and a blackberry all at once. Yum!

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 My fruit basket one day in December

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My friends Elmo and Bomba preparing to taste this mystery fruit with me this past weekend. 

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Proof that Gooseberries exist! I was going to save some to take a photo, but they were too yummy, so I ate them all before I took the picture. Oops!

4. Ants: I am convinced that there are more ants in Cape Town than the rest of the planet combined. I have found ants crawling on every imaginable surface of my room, and I have ant bites quite honestly covering my body (and there are some places that are just not appropriate to scratch in public).

3. Bompies: Bompies are little plastic baggies full of fruit juice that you put in the freezer. Once the desired consistency, you bite off a corner of the plastic bag and eat. The most common brand of Bompie in my neighborhood is “The Juice Box” which comes in five flavors: Mango, Litchi, Berry, Apple, and Guava. The first four are good and all, but I LOVE Guava Bompies. Nothing beats the heat like a Guava slushie in a plastic baggie, especially when it only costs R1 (or the equivalent of about $0.10).

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A guava bompie that was my Sunday afternoon treat a few weeks ago. Yum!

2. This conversation: I have had the following conversation, or a variant of it, at least once a day for the last few months.

Cape Townian: Eish! Ay Heer! It is hot today! Isn’t it hot today?

Abby: It is hot, but I love it!

Cape Townian: Oh, that’s right, you’re from the desert! Right?

Abby: Yup. Summer days where I’m from it is usually about 40°C.

Cape Townian: YO! No! We’d just melt!

Both: Chuckle

1. Warmth: I mean this in two ways. For one thing, it is warm out. I may be from the Sonoran desert, but I’m accustomed to Air Conditioning and ceiling fans. Now that I have neither, I spend my days a little sweaty (or a lot sweaty…). But I also mean warm in terms of my new community. I’ve been in Bellville for two months, and I am so so happy. I have coworkers, students, friends, fellow churchgoers, and other community members who I greet on the street. I never go a day without a hug, a smile, a laugh, or a pleasant conversation. My new community has shown me what it means to receive a warm welcome.

I am so blessed.  

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