A couple of years ago my mum and myself went for a holiday and family reunion to Whitehaven, England where I was born a lived for quite a while. We met up with my aunt from Australia, another aunt and uncle from Canada and my cousin who lives in Spain came for a long week-end. We had a really great time seeing all the family again, young and old alike. We practically spent 3 weeks of fun and laughter in between the outings and sight seeing. One day I said I was going to walk into town and catch the bus back. This was a big novelty for me as we can't walk or catch buses in S.Africa due to the high crime rate. While waiting for the bus a lady asked me the time and what bus was I waiting for. We then kicked off a conversation that went mainly like this. (The english accent is very broad in the north of England)
Lady - Where ya from Lass?
Me - South Africa. We used to live here so I am here on holiday for 3 weeks.
Lady - Do ya like it then?
Me - Oh yes, I think it's lovely and we have had a very nice time.
Lady - What's it like in S.Africa then lass, whats the houses like, do ya live in a shack?
Me - (wanting to giggle) Oh no, we live in a nice house, some of them similar to what you live in here.
Lady - Are the houses like them is Spain then?
Me - Yes, some of the are.
Lady -Ave yer got a car?
Me - Yes we do.
Lady - Look at the nice cars we've got ere, ave ya got nice cars like that?
Me - (by now struggling to keep a straight face). Yes we've got nice cars like that.
The bus came and we sat together for a short journey until it came to my stop to get off.
The conversation continued.
Me - I've spent quite a lot of time in the Lake District. I had forgotten how beautiful it was.
I also managed to buy quite a few little souvenirs to take back home for the family.
Lady - Did ya git any jam lass?
Me - Well, yes I did.
Lady - It's dear up there at the lakes mind. Ow much was it?
Me - Oh, about 2 pounds. Not too sure.
Lady - But lass, one thing, ya can't buy jam anywhere else in the world like what ya can git ere in Cumberland. (by now I was practically hysterical inside but not wanting to be rude, stifled everything until my stomach hurt.)
Me - It's my stop soon, I'll have to get off.
Lady - Now lass, do ya sel a favour and git yersel back over ere. What di ye want stuck over there in S.Africa. But anyway have a safe journey back, but I'll see ya again on't bus.
Me - Well maybe not as we are going back next week.
Lady - Aah, ahl see y again lass. I'll look out for ya. Now remember, git yersel back ere.
Meeting this kind lady was also a highlight of the holiday, with her broad accent and very caring ways. How many people worry about a stranger living in S.Africa? It was also really funny and we had loads of fun relating it to everyone in the family.
I also have to add the jam I brought back was lovely!!