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An Honest Living, Part 2

My shopping adventures continued this week. (Read about last week’s shopping adventures in An Honest Living, Part 1.) Beadwork is a specialty craft in South Africa. Everywhere I go, I see men sitting on street corners bending wire into animals, trees, keychains, etc., and decorating the wire with beads. Seventh Street in Melville is a particular hotspot for these artists, perhaps because there is a bead shop at the corner of 7th Street and First Avenue. Joe and I are going to D.C. for a visit next week and I have many gifts to buy. So I’ve developed a business relationship with Samuel and Silas, two brothers who sell their beadwork on the sidewalk in front of Nunos Restaurant. Samuel and Silas (I’ll call them S&S) are in their early 20s – they came to Joburg a few years ago from Zimbabwe and this is how they make their living.

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An Honest Living

This post was originally going to be about rain. It rained this week, for the first time in six months, and everything is crisp and green and beautiful. Here are a couple of photos I took with that topic in mind. Jacaranda petals litter the street after a rain storm.

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