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In the small German town of Aachen a young girl, inspired by Amélie, gave birth to the idea of Emily the travelling Duck. Emily loves the colour Red, water, and the ability to be happy about life’s small pleasures. Emily’s goal is to travel the world and have pictures of her sent back to her owner to be published online. This is her website Emily the Duck. A friend of mine gave Emily to me after receiving her in his travels in Europe and now it’s time for me to part ways with her. Here is the story that we shared.
Emily was tucked away neatly into my camera bag, in between the film camera my Dad gave me and my antique bronze tripod made in Germany. We were set on an adventure for fish and chips with some friends, our destination – Kalk Bay. We raced off to catch the 12:23 train from Cape Town central, but alas we were too late. So we jumped in the car and followed the train to the next station where we only just managed to catch it in time. The people in the carriage were beautiful, but nothing could compare to the views as we traipsed along the sea-side path chosen by the train. Forty-five fantastic minutes later we arrived in Kalk Bay, a little fishing village on the sea with a famous harbour and a plethora of vintage goodies to be found in stores dotted around the town. Everyone was starving except for Emily, she was feeling a bit sick from the train ride and the prospect of having to leave town soon. Nevertheless she joined me and my friends for lunch at Lucky Fish where we ordered Calamari, Kingklip, and Hake. Emily just had some water.
After a brilliant lunch we walked down to the pier, passing the fishermen and women that were gutting and selling their catches of the day. Luckily Emily had already jumped back in her bag otherwise she wouldn’t have looked as good for her photo shoot. The weather was perfect and the pier was packed but we managed to find an empty spot to sit and let lunch settle. After a few minutes Emily got restless and wiggled her way out of her bag, but the sun was a bit bright so she borrowed some sunglasses for her first photo with the Cape Peninsula Mountains as the backdrop. Apparently they suited her because a crazy lady picked her up and put Emily on her head for the next shot. It turns out the lady was very friendly but she was pretending to be a bear for some reason: who would have thought a duck and a bear could be friends?
After having fun in her photo shoot, Emily and her current travel friends got some ice cream then caught the next train back to Cape Town. As it turns out that afternoon was the last day of Summer in Cape Town, Winter hit hard the next day. Emily told me she loved her stay in Cape Town but she thinks it’s time to move on. Who knows where the little travel duck will end up next…
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