Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
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      Cape Town, South Africa is an amalgam of a wide variety of neighborhoods each with a distinct character and style. Perhaps the most photographed and recognized of these is the area known as Bo-Kaap, a place where the personality of its inhabitants is literally displayed upon the walls of its houses. Rows of brightly colored homes line the curving streets of this most unique area in one of the most unique cities in the world. Every color is amply

      represented and the eye cannot help but be pleased by this display of artistry.

      The neighborhood is extremely poor as can be seen by the automobile tires that serve as childrens’ swings and, hung in a humble collective, make up a park. Yet there is a richness of culture and warmth that is heartening. Restaurants serve hearty meals of flavorful curries and other Indonesian specialties, offering a wealth of recommendations along with welcoming smiles. Children play tag and jump rope ...


      • on the nearly deserted streets, while dogs of unidentifiable breeds lope happily alongside, and cats sun themselves lazily on porches.

        The neighborhood lies at the base of Signal Hill where, each morning, afternoon, and evening, an Imam’s deep and resonant call to prayer can be heard. I ventured on a rousing climb to the top of the Hill, where I proceeded to enjoy spectacular views of the illustrious neighborhood as well as other famous sites of Cape Town.

        Framed

        by the high-rising skyscrapers of the Cape Bowl, the city’s central financial district, Bo Kaap stands as if in a time apart, slightly shabby, homey, and quiet. At its center stands a touching mural that depicts Bo Kaap itself, brightly colored homes and all, populated with people of different races, reaching together toward a light source, “Welcome to South Africa” written proudly above their heads, while a band of troubadours is singing “Cape Town is the City”. Rainbow Nation at its best.




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