The house my dad built

Fri Jul 8, 2011

Thanks to modern technology, Google street view now stretches just about everywhere. Even the lonely street in South Africa where I grew up in the 80s and 90s. Here is the house my dad built. It appears relatively unchanged. The only difference I can see is that the current occupants have removed the lopsided Christmas tree we used to have in the front yard. Over the years we lived there, my dad added a dining room and deck, servants quarters, and a swimming pool out back. Yeah, I know how it sounds but this is Africa we’re talking about here, not Vancouver where you’d be lucky if your $400,000 apartment came with a washer and dryer.

The windows with the faux shutters that you can see here was my room.

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