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Topic: TRAVELER (01/28/16)
- TITLE: All the Things He Enjoyed
By Pat Small
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The sightseer joined the line of folks trying to buy a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. People warmed themselves a bit by securing the beverages with both hands. By the time he got to the counter, the coffee shop’s supply was exhausted. Walking back outside, he found to his delight that the fog had lifted. The view below was amazing. Capetown lay spread out before him, hugging the bay, mountains on three sides. The peaks, known as the Twelve Apostles, were gorgeous. According to the brochure he had picked up, twelve was not the actual number so the reason for the name was inexplicable, it said. Nevertheless, God’s handiwork was truly amazing, he thought. His senses drank in the variety displayed: mountains, oceans, beach, and blue sky, and he praised his Lord, the Master Designer.
He wanted to see everything in this beautiful city, but his time was limited. The vacationer hurried to the tour bus where he chose a seat on the top tier. His next stop was the waterfront. The cool mountain air had awakened a raging hunger. Restaurants abounded. He chose one and sat down behind a column where he could observe people passing, yet remain unnoticed. The smiling waitress placed a platter of fish and chips before him with an “enjoy” as she sashayed to another table. The odor tantalized his nostrils. He dove in with abandon. Satisfaction. He licked his lips, paid his bill, and was off to complete a duty incumbent on travelers: purchase souvenirs for those who remained at home.
Strolling along the waterfront, he entered a large building. Myriad choices taxed his decision-making abilities. Treasures ranging from refrigerator magnets to lovely paintings to furniture with an African theme abounded. Beautiful springbok hides were visible in various booths. It seemed such a pity to kill those beautiful creatures in order to satisfy the whims of tourists. He hoped the meat was utilized, but did not know. He gazed at beautifully painted ostrich eggs. The merchant volunteered one was equal to twelve hens’ eggs, and required two hours to hard-boil. Finally, he made his purchases, and continued down the street to a seller of semi-precious stones. He found the floor of a large room strewn with gems of all sizes, shapes, and colors, polished to a dazzling brilliance. He paid for a medium sized container, and spent a long time making his choices. So many, so beautiful. He almost went back and purchased another container, but remembered airline weight restrictions just in time.
Then the fellow resolved to take advantage of another benefit of his red bus ticket - a cruise around the harbor. He loved the water. This promised to be a pleasant way to end the afternoon. It did not disappoint. He was able to view seals, sunning themselves on rocky ledges jutting out of the water. He lost count of the dolphin sightings. They were so endearing in their playful beauty. No doubt about it. It was a lovely, relaxing trip.
Tired now from his full day, tourist headed back to his hotel, situated on the outskirts of the city. It was an inexpensive establishment catering to the thousands of backpackers who would soon descend on the area. He was surprised to find that for a small fee management would do your laundry, even ironing if needed. There was also a communal kitchen. He imagined ramen noodles and crusty bread nourishing exhausted hikers after a full day.
As the visitor stretched out on a simple, single bed, he thought about his first day in South Africa. It had definitely been a satisfying one. All of the things he enjoyed most had filled the hours. Nature, fresh air, people watching, good food, and worship of the One who made it all. Sleep was now welcome.
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