Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On safari with a green milkshake

The lime green milkshake caught my attention first. It just seemed so incongruous to be drinking such a bright green, milky drink with a huge seafood platter – prawns, crayfish and all. I wondered what flavour it was – lime, as its colour suggested, or cream soda, as its colour could also suggest. I wondered if she’d like to join us but looked at her face as she sucked some green milk up and decided, perhaps, she didn’t wish to be disturbed. Her face was not one that invited conversation.

Dressed in camoflauge clothes that shouted “I’m a tourist”, she sat alone in the restaurant. Well, not exactly alone – she had her green milkshake, and the company of various well-cooked creatures of the sea. Again, I was compelled to make conversation, but saw her sullen face, and decided not. I wondered if I was being silly and she was just genetically doomed to have a sour look. It just seemed impossible for her not to at least look vaguely happy about the feast before her, not to mention the cheerfully-coloured (if incongruous) green milkshake.

For some reason there’s a type of tourist that come to The City Beneath the Mountain and insist on wearing safari gear, even to the most cosmopolitan of shopping malls, such as the one we were unlucky enough to find ourselves last night. It’s as if they think they may need to hide behind a bench in one of the passages in case of an elephant seeing them as they walk out of the Louis Vuitton shop, new handbag hanging off their trunk.

And that's when I decided why she looked so unhappy – perhaps she had been misled somehow and was cross about not finding an elephant shopping for a Louis Vuitton handbag, or a giraffe looking for a long enough tie in the Hugo store (I had to look that up… my designer clothing knowledge leaves a lot to be desired.)

I just hope she’s going to go out into the African wild, all got up in her safari gear, to see the real deal… where designer gear is not only unnecessary, but is simply ridiculous.


Robyn said...

yes-this is the kind of holiday where you take more photos of funny tourists, with feet in plastic bags, than of anything else!

familyAffairs said...

Lets hope she is and lets hope she gets some wider perspective on the big wide world - although who knows why she looked sad......maybe you should have talked to her after all. Lx

Angela said...

I think I could not have resisted mentioning that green milkshake! What makes Africa-tourists wear that kind of clothing is beyond me, if they don`t plan to be on a walking safari. But maybe she had planned that, but her lover had to tell her he could not come (his wife was pregnant and he had to take a decision), and so she sat there eating all that seafood and no one talked with her about the pretty green milkshake...
Next time, definitely make a go - and tell us what she said!

Shiny said...

Robyn - so funny!

FA - for sure, perhaps I should've talked to her. She looked like she might hit me over the head with the lobster if I'd tried!

Geli - indeed. See, above, my comment to FA


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