I have this theory, that certain places are just more unfriendly than others and some are just too friendly…
I grew up on the Cape Flats – decidedly hostile
Went to school in Muizenberg – loads of fun, very welcoming, easy-going and such a cool mix of people. Made the most lasting friendships ever there.
Spent my studying years in the Northern suburbs of CT – stayed on my side of the line and things were pretty ok. Ventured over the line and stopped just short of having to call people “baas and mies” – but there are of course exceptions to everything. (Just look at Debs, Shazzie, Tania and whoever else from there who is reading this).
My years after studying in Bo Kaap – lovely, homely – almost felt like a home-coming
and Kenilworth – very friendly and accomodating – everyone in my neighbourhood bent over backwards to accomodate the newbie in town and I couldn’t keep up with the invites
and in Tamboerskloof – heck life was just one big party.
Once I got married we lived in Pinelands – YAWWWN – wow we were the youngest by centuries in our area but the fogies were very kind and I think they turned off their hearing aids when we had our parties.
We then moved to where we are now which is in Devil’s Peak’s shadow below the mountain. Lovely suburb, crazy bergies, eccentric hippies and loads more salt of the Earth people.
I won’t mention the unfriendly places in the Southern Suburbs as I might just have a whole lot of unfollows and unfriends. SS people don’t laugh at themselves half as much as they should.
What are your experiences of certain suburbs?