All Delighted People is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers “Djohariah,” and the gothic piano ballad “The Owl and the Tanager,” a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?).
my friend becca is going to see sufjan in montreal and it would be a lie to say i wasn’t jealous.
i know its just me being an overly polite canadian…but in cape town, no one really excuses/pardons themselves after they sneeze and no one really says bless you. there was such a long silence after i sneezed the other day that i got confused and said “bless me.”
on tonights menu: avocado and basil pesto pasta, with generous chunks of sauteed red onion, roasted red pepper, raw tomato ( i hate cooked tomato) and grilled portobello mushroom. topped with feta cheese.
i was going to take a picture, but then i ate it all.
(just kidding, there are a lot of leftovers; i was just being lazy.)
philippi, township near cape town. a reminder of why south africa is indeed a “developing country” despite all the “developed” luxuries readily available.
to be honest, i am not ready to come home yet. maybe after a few more weeks i’ll feel differently…but…right now?
how do i describe this?
i can tell you what its not like.
its not like at the end of a camping trip, when you need to go home so you can have some hot water and proper sleep.
and its not like an extended stay at school, when you’ve eaten like crap & are stressed out and you need to go home for a home cooked meal and for morale boosters from mom and dad.
and its not like after a great vacation, where you’ve been pampered for too long and you need to go home to get back to your old routine.
its like you’re in a different country, with a great job and good friends, and there isn’t enough time to do everything on the list you made and you can’t believe you’re leaving in less than a month and you wonder what you can do to come back, like maybe study at uct or get a job, and how much would it cost to fly your family over here, and would it be safe to bring them, would they appreciate the culture, and what about your friends in toronto, well two of the best ones are going to be in london anyways so there’s really not much to look forward to at home and it feels right to be here and you’re not ready to leave.
my thoughts are really disjointed cuz i’ve got a cold. so i’m going to make a list.
rooibos tea is awesome - take it black, with sugar, with honey, with milk and sugar…its my new favourite sleepy time tea.
saw a cool african drumming band llast night - they were awesome. so many different drums with singing. so cool.
today i walked through a community called “marcus garvey” named after the guy…marcus garvey. he was a radicalist that really helped unite African’s around the world at a time when slavery was still rampant. he inspired many of the great leaders, like martin luther king and nelson mandela (so i was told). he also happens to be a prophet of the rastafarian religion. did you know there is a black Jesus? the church/community centre smelt strongly of weed and even the little kids had dreadlocks. they’re all vegetarians/vegans and the community is probably about 300 strong, grown from 13 guys who built the area up in the middle of nowhere. i saw pictures. they settled in a JUNGLE about 20 years ago. this township is strikingly quiet, compared to other vibrant townships, where music is always blasting and conversation is loud.
i could really see myself living in cape town. i really really love it here. i heard there’s a big downside to travel; that eventually the love affair disappears and you want to go home and you start to hate the little things in the city. me? i am still in love with the city and i want to do as much as i can to help it build and grow. it is such an exciting time to be here. then again, i’m only here for 3 months…which isn’t long in the grand scheme of things. also, i really miss my family and my boyfriend and my friends.
we attended the khayelitsha youth forum this week where we discussed why HIV positive youth are defaulting after the first initial meeting with VCT counselors. the youth forum brings together all the NGO’s and government services for youth in the community.
this topic is close to Hlanganani’s heart because this is exactly the problem we are trying to “fix” - how to get youth to not default off medication and to go to the clinic to check up on their CD4 count.
the stats are like this: about ~10% of youth testing are testing positive, ~90% of those are defaulting after the first initial counselling session.
although it doesnt seem as though we came up with a solution (is there even one?) we have brought it to people’s attention & that is a good thing.
work projects are starting to get completed, so that is always good and gives us interns a sense of accomplishment.
still very happy, although things are starting to fall to routine. i’m feeling less like an intern in a different country than a poor student, trying to save money by eating at home more often than not. its still an amazing experience and i am so thankful to be here.