Holiday In Cape Town & Eastern Cape / Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) In Cape Town

ケープタウンの街中には観光客が行く場所は少なく、すでにご紹介したウォーターフロントとオールド・ビスケット・ミル以外にはボー・カップというマレークォーター(マレー地区)くらいだと思います。主にインドネシアから奴隷としてオランダ人に連れて来られたムスラムの人たちが住んでいる場所で、自分たちで家を所有することが出来るようになったことを祝ってカラフルな色で家を塗ったと言われています。(他にも説があるようですが、案内してくださった、ここで生まれ育った方の説明ではそうでした。)景色が素晴らしいケープタウンですが、政治的な背景は複雑で色々思うところもありました。

There aren’t many places to visit for visitors in the town of Cape Town, as far as I know, there are only 3 major places, Waterfront, The Old Biscuit Mill and Bo-Kaap.  Bo-Kaap is where those who were brought to Cape Town from mainly Indonesia as slaves and their descendants have been living.  They are Muslim and we were told by the guide that they started painting their houses to celebrate it when they were given the right to own houses.  (There are a few different theories but this is what we were told by the guide who was born and brought up here).  The scenery was out of this world in and around Cape Town but the political background is complicated and makes you think a lot.

旅行先でお料理教室に参加するのが好きで、いろいろなところで参加してきました。必ずしも家で再現しなくてもその国のお料理を知ることは楽しいですし、独特の文化に触れることも出来ていつも印象深いです。ケープタウンでは、このマレークウォーターで生まれ育った方の家でお料理教室に参加しましたが、お料理の前にこの辺りの案内をしていただき子供時代の話をしてくださったり、スパイスなどお料理に使うものを売っているお店で色々と説明もしていただきました。

We enjoy taking cooking classes on holidays and have taken quite a few cooking classes in various places on holidays in the last few years.  Even if we don’t recreate what we learn, I find it great fun to learn their cuisine and you often learn some of their culture, these cooking classes are always very memorable for us.  In Cape Town we took a cooking class of Cape Malay cuisine in a house in this Malay quarter.  Before we started cooking, the husband of the chef took us around in this area, gave us some information about the history, what it was like to be brought up here, then took us to a shop, where they purchase many of the ingredients for the classes.

この日もかんかん照りでとても暑く、日傘を持って行ってよかったです。日傘があっても汗をかく暑さでした。お料理教室については、別記事でアップします。

It was very hot day, I was glad I had a parasol.  Even with a parasol, it was very hot and uncomfortable.  I will write about the cooking class in another post.

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