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Going home

Richard Cohen is an ex-South African correspondent for the New York Times who lives in New York these days. He had a column today (In Search of Home http://nyti.ms/1fzpn4v) that asked where you would go if you knew you only had a few weeks to live. This is his answer:
I would go to Cape Town, to my grandfather’s house, Duxbury, looking out over the railway line near Kalk Bay station to the ocean and the Cape of Good Hope. During my childhood, there was the scent of salt and pine and, in certain winds, a pungent waft from the fish processing plant in Fish Hoek. I would dangle a little net in rock pools and find myself hypnotized by the silky water and quivering life in it. The heat, not the dry high-veld heat of Johannesburg but something denser, pounded by the time we came back from the beach at lunchtime. It reverberated off the stone, angled into every recess. The lunch table was set and soon enough fried fish, usually firm-fleshed kingklip, would be served, so fresh it seemed to burst from its batter. At night the lights of Simon’s Town glittered, a lovely necklace strung along a promontory.
As an ex-South African myself who knows Kalk Bay well, I liked it.

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