Friday, August 29, 2008

That side

One of the fun turns of phrase here is “that side”. “That side” refers to any place other than where you are currently and is accompanied (usually) by a wave of the hand indicating which direction you would walk to get to “that side”.

We went to the Menlyn Mall in Pretoria and found a place attached to a bookstore called the Seattle Coffee Company. Yes, it was a bona fide Starbucks-looking coffee chop. It even had posters of Seattle terminology on the wall so you could order your espresso drink authentically. Made me feel kind of weird but in a fun way. When we were paying, I said that it was good to be here and that we were from Seattle. She said, “Really? It's good to have you here.” Then, after a moment, she added, “It's always nice to have people from that side.” We all laughed.

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