After all these intense days, we needed a day of rest!
So day 5 we took it easy, and headed nearby to 7th street in Melville.
It was a beautiful bright sunny day. Chilly, but bright blue skies and amazing clouds… magical even!
7th Street is famous for its bohemian flavour and very good second hand book stores. We had some delicious pizza, wine, bought some books and then had a few ciders in a small bar. Met some interesting people. soaked in the Melville vibe.
I guess we must be giving off a good energy because everywhere we go we meet such chilled, friendly people.
and people are keen to tell us that the danger is overrated and to please tell people to come here and not be afraid!
So, thought I’d pass that back onto you
Of course, there is danger, and a lot of crime. But you just have to be street smart, be positive and trust your gut instinct. Dangers are everywhere in the world. You can’t let fear prevent you from living life.
We came across a real mecca store for second hand books… (the name escapes me ) There I found some great African poetry books and a classic novel called “Cry, The beloved country” by Alan Paton.
I opened up the book to a random page and read this paragraph…
Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too glady when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.