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Summer is coming – wait, scratch that. Summer is here!

Summer in South Africa is something only South Africans can understand, a lot of the time. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up the summer stuff you’ve been waiting for all year.

Braais
Although a barbeque is something internationally recognised, a braai is something else entirely – something special. Your aunt’s secret marinade, braai sandwiches, creamstyle sweetcorn like no other, cold drinks and fireside banter – it’s just uniquely South African, and come summertime, there’s plenty to go around.

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Picnics
Whether in the garden, at the local park or at a dam, if it’s hot and you’re in the mood for a lazy day – 30 Seconds and a basket of food is totally gonna be going down.

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Mandatory weekends at Zoo Lake
We may be ashamed of it, but we all do it. A trip to Zoo Lake means more than your average picnic – it’s a stroll by the insect-attracting lake, feeding those demanding ducks, playing a ball game on a crowded green, blasting music unnecessarily loudly and bumping into people you know (and may not necessarily like).

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Turning up with the squad, whenever, wherever
Because where else could you be, other than where your besties are, doing whatever they’re doing, no matter how YOLO it may be?

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Living in front of the fan or AC
Because, bloody hell, African summers are HOT…

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Congested coastal towns and beaches
When you’re the tourist, you’re just happy to be by the ocean. When the beach town is your hometown, you spend all summer counting down the days until the inlanders leave so you can get you city back.

No tourists allowed [Jennifer Woodard via Flickr]
– Image by Jennifer Woodard, via Flickr

Living in the pool
When you’re from an inland town or city, and are spending the hottest part of your summer in that inland town or city, the swimming pool may be your only reprieve from heat. Be it your own, your friend’s, a public pool or the gym’s, just get there.

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Chilling on a mountain top
Whether its Chappies or Signal Hill in Cape Town, or Northcliff Hill or Munro Drive in Jozi – sitting atop a hill, looking at the stars and the city lights on a balmy summer night will fill you with peace and gratitude. Not a bad way to spend a summer’s evening.

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Awkward family gatherings
It’s holiday season. There’s very likely going to be a point at which you’ll be forced to share a meal with your mad uncle and the cousin you always hated, and the worst part is, you’re most likely going to be forced to suck it up. Just deal with it.

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The worst part though, is that just when you get used to the heat and the crowds and manage to find your groove, it will all be over.

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The truth hurts. Deal with it.

– Featured image by Steve Roetz from Durban, South Africa, via Wikimedia Commons

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