Starting to feel more and more like home
Late this afternoon, I went to a shopping mall with my mom, my aunt and my sister.
Unlike most girls, I loathe shopping malls. But that's another story for another day.
On the way there, we drove on the three-lane highway, passing many subdivisions filled with identical houses. We also passed many advertising billboards, a big Toys "R" Us, a KFC, and a McDonald's.
At the mall, I wandered past a Nine West, a big local clothing store advertising that they're now selling clothes from the Gap, a Claire's and a Guess store.
But I almost wept from happiness when I discovered that this place* had just opened at the mall a month ago, and that they are the very first one in South Africa.
I immediately ran up to the shop, shrieking with delight. It was only once I had flung my entire body across the display counter, hugging it, that I overheard the manager telling one of the very stunned looking staff members: "She must be American. Only the American tourists have been reacting that way."
Now I only need a Starbucks.
Then again, a Green Card and a plane ticket back to D.C. won't hurt too badly either!
*What, surely you didn't think that I had gained weight in the States through sheer osmosis, did you?
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