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Cape Town Stories 19

Cape Townians are not stingy with compliments. But they also do not hold back on unwanted criticism. A man just straight up told me: „You look horrible!“ as I walked up Roodebloem road. „Excuse me??“ I said. He thought I hadn’t heard him and repeated, for the sake of clarity: „You look horrible!“. No additional information, no nothing. He said what he needed to say and then disappeared in a house. Edit: Shortly after this encounter I left the house again to go to a casting and on the way I received some comments that slightly contradict his „opinion“. Here a small selection of my favourite: „Who’s got the body that rock the party?“ Followed by some finger snapping in my direction by a resident of Woodstock’s streets „You look beautiful aunty!“ by three teenage boys in school uniforms sitting outside on a stoep „I like you even more now!“ from the roof of Jamaica me Crazy (referring to my shiny new bald head) and my favourite: „Yesses girl, Cape Town is a beautiful country!“

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