Today is no ordinary Thursday. The date, June 23, marks two years since six companions and I returned from a road trip along South Africa’s southern coast, stretching from Mossel Bay to Storms River Village—a span of roads and towns along South Africa’s N2 known as the “Garden Route.” To where we returned was South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town, which is now hosting First Lady Michelle Obama, an event of no particular significance to, well, probably anyone reading this.
For me however—thanks to a timely tweet from @BigIssueSA—this means a great deal, as Michelle Obama apparently stopped at The Kitchen for lunch. The Kitchen, the home of the finest chicken sandwich in Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town. And, of course, the greatest lunch stop in Woodstock, since it is just up the block from the offices of The Big Issue: South Africa magazine, where I worked from May to August 2009.
I would remiss to not point out that, whatever your opinion of President Obama and his policies—and therefore, whatever opinion you hold of his wife—the image of the United States’ first black First Lady walking around a nation just 17 years removed from apartheid and its first democratic elections is one simultaneously striking and poignant. (Now, if we could just convince Julius Malema that arbitrarily seizing and redistributing farmers’ lands is one of many factors that led to Zimbabwe’s ruin…)
As from here on out, I’ll dedicate this post to Alex, Kuba, Whitney, Riley, Robert, and Dave.