By Susan G Mathis
I’ve experienced an African safari, the apartheid remnants in Johannesburg, the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, the Cape Vineyards, and the incredible beauty of Cape Town. I’ve connected with hundreds of South Africans and ex-pats during my visits there and have found that Cape Town is not only an incredibly beautiful city, it is also a very international city.
When my granddaughters visit us in Colorado, they talk about living in Cape Town, South Africa, and compare cultural differences, even though they are seven and under. They point out “the American flag” every time they see it, and they sing about “seven red stripes and six white stripes and a field of blue with fifty white stars.” But they also speak a little bit of several languages, have tasted all kinds of international cuisine, and can relate to people of many ethnicities.
The Irish immigrated everywhere that the British Empire settled. The Irish came to South Africa as professionals—lawyers, doctors, dentist, retailers, policemen, journalists, and politicians. When the Potato Famine of 1840’s happened, South Africa was one of the countries that welcomed the Irish immigrants.
So even if my grandchildren weren’t the primary draw to this beautiful nation, I always encourage people to visit South Africa. It’s one of the most beautiful, intriguing, diverse, and exciting places I’ve ever been to, hands down!
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