Species of Spaces

This week’s task requirement was to visit a location in Cape Town and describe it as completely as possible while drawing from Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (1998). I really had fun with this task. I decided to go on a breakfast date with my boyfriend at Mugg and Bean in Cavendish Square and write about my surroundings there. I described the shop in front of us – Markham – as well as the sounds, smells and appearance of the restaurant. I then got quite distracted by people watching. There was something mesmerising about watching people’s interactions, and trying to figure out their background stories. There are so many different and interesting people that I struggled to narrow it down to who I would write about in my piece. Our food was then delivered to our table and we ate our delicious breakfast sandwiches. So I decided to describe that experience as well. How could I not?


Perec, G. (1998). Species of spaces and other pieces. London: Penguin Classics.


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