Five days after we first moved to South Africa, we were more than a little culture shocked and went to a pizza parlour for something "known." As it turned out, the pizza toppings included bananas, avocados, mince, anchovies and chicken livers. So much for seeking comfort food!
As time went on, I began to see South African pizzas as something entirely different than American pizzas. When I stopped expecting them to be like they were "back home," I began to appreciate them for what they were - different, but still good.
We've been in South Africa for nearly three years now, and last night we had pizza again. The toppings on our pizza were avocado, peppadew, kalamata olives, brinjals (eggplant), and mushrooms. After the first bite, I sighed a happy little sigh and said, "You know, I think I like South African pizzas better than American pizzas."
We've come a long way in three years.