* This photo essay first appeared in the online literary magazine, Numéro Cinq (June 18 & 25th 2012 issue), and is reprinted here with permission.
Last Easter I traveled with my two sons to visit the fourth member of our nuclear family—my husband, their father—who has been assigned responsibility for his company’s Johannesburg office. It was our first trip there. On the plane—a night flight—we wondered as we flew over the sleeping continent. What unexpected things would we find in a place where constellations are unfamiliar, the seasons switched, foods like springbok and biltong grace menus, man-eating sharks cruise bays, penguins waddle along southern beaches and townships still teem and thrive?
Here are the answers to some of our questions:
–text and photos by Natalia Sarkissian