A beautiful waitress tended my table at a restaurant in central Cape Town where I was having dinner with my husband. When the wine arrived at our table, to my great delight, she poured out a taster into my glass rather than my husband’s.
It was immediately clear that this clever, unassuming woman was not making a mistake – nor was she making a point. Rather, she seemed to know instinctively what would best please her guests, and didn’t allow custom to get ahead of wisdom.
Charmed and intrigued to learn she came from West Africa, I now wanted to know even more about her and her country. It’s a curiosity we share with the world: a keen interest in and an infatuation with Africa. (more…)