Thursday, August 24, 2006

Crab cookouts and musing on African hippies

Yesterday we were invited to a crab cook out by one of the local staff here. I was not quite sure what to expect but it turned out to be something like a barbecue except that instead of meat being barbecued, it was crabs being cooked and served with melted butter. I'm not sure that the crabmeat, delectable though it was was worth all the work needed to crack the shell and the claws to get at the morsels....I did enjoy the salads though

After the crab cook out, we drove out to visit what would probably have been described as a hippy commune in the 70s, but is now probably referred to as a sustainable community- ecologically sound, environmentally friendly and awash with dreadlocked and multiply pierced surfer and alternative types. It struck me on our way back having enjoyed the organic smoothies and bran muffins that were on offer that I had never seen a hippy of African/black origin. Raising this in the car, my English colleague offered that it's because the whole hippy-surfer-alternative lifestyle is a specific rebellion against affluence. I wondered about this on the journey home- I mean I have African friends who lead what would be regarded as alternative lifestyles but their ethos is significantly different.....

The homeward journey begins tomorrow as we head to Toronto.....

3 comments:

ayoke said...

Ha, for the love of food! One of the fascinating things about this blog is how you manage to describe food so well that it makes even the pickiest of eaters hungry! I don't know about cracking them crabs, though.

Everchange said...

the word hippie has a certain connotation, which may be why you haven't seen an african "hippie." But if you mean black people setting up communes and living alternative lifestyles for political reasons, there are some in the States. There was one such group in Philadelphia, I think it was called "MOVE" but their house was bombed in the 90s...and then Mumia Abu-Jamal was a reporter covering the story and somehow he was accused of murdering a police officer and now he's on death row...

So er, yes there are black "hippies." They don't surf tho. They're too busy fighting "the powers."

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