I not only had the incredible opportunity to stay in Cape Town, but I got to stay in the Bo Kaap neighborhood during the month of Ramadan. This area of Cape Town is also referred to as the Malay Quarter and is famous for it’s vibrant and interesting history. The residents here are for the most part Muslim. Every morning I wake up to hear the calls from one of the ten mosques in the area.
Because I’m here during Ramadan, all of the residents are fasting during the day. Right before the sun sets neighbors scurry to each other’s houses to share sweets with one another. I have eaten so much food….not only does my family constantly want to feed me, but the sweets are so delicious!
I’ve also been learning so much about the culture here and the Islamic faith. My host family consists of a mother and daughter named Faldeela and Fadlar. The daughter plays touch Rugby and not unlike most teenagers is never home. Faldeela and I spend the mornings talking and eating. The more she tells me, the more similarities I find rather than differences.
During the last couple of days of my stay here Faldeela’s granddaughter Rahmah has come to stay with us while her school is on holiday. She is a sassy little eight year old that has been attached at my hip since she’s been here. We spent all night drawing, playing games and learning yoga and gymnastics. She keeps asking me when I will come visit again and I’m not sure I have the heart tell her I don’t know when that will happen.