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Sindiwe Magona: Please, Take Photographs

I had the pleasure of getting to meet Sindiwe Magona on two occasions during the three months I lived and volunteered in Cape Town. I remember wiggling with anticipation as she personally signed a copy of her poetry collection for me at a book store, and then several weeks later she joined the members of […]

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Lessons from Children Around the World

Mar. 7, 2011, on Travel with a Mate.

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African praying mantis vs North American praying mantis

On a typical lousy, rainy, damp day in Cape Town on a June morning, I was doing laundry, and, when hanging up my clothes on the line outside to dry, I saw this guy lurking on the patio. Last week I heard my mom shrieking in her New Jersey kitchen. I got the picture of […]

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Hiking the Otter Trail in Tsitsikamma National Park

Hiking to the waterfall on the Otter Trail at Tsitsikamma National Park along the Garden Route in South Africa. If you feel like it, a short drive away is the Bloukrans Bridge, allegedly the world’s highest bungee jump spot, but I wouldn’t know, because I’m not exactly the bungee expert. I accompanied a friend and […]

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Tree Rings in Cape Town, South Africa

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Signs on South Africa’s Garden Route

Favorite signs I saw in South Africa: along South Africa’s Garden Route, not far from the Supertubes, probably in J-Bay; local surfers don’t want the tourists to know where to find the sweet waves along South Africa’s Garden Route; I’ll volunteer to stay with the bird while we wait for the bird ambulance! Addo Elephant […]

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Imagine Living Here:

I always think about how the average American has an unbelievably boring living arrangement. I am not including people who live in cool places, or those places that I think are cool– in the mountains, right on a beach, on a horse ranch, places like that. Those lucky people are the exceptions. When I think […]

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Scenes from Busy African Towns

The other day I was watching The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency HBO / BBC series on DVD. I have just started watching this series about Alexander McCall Smith’s book series of the same name. I’m currently reading #8 of 11. I think it’s 11 total right now, but new books of his seem to […]

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Gas station in Malealea

I always like this picture I took in Lesotho, because it’s not something I get to see every day.

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5 sights from the top of Lion’s Head

The hike to the top of Lion’s Head in Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa, is one of my favorites. Though only 2,195 feet at the summit, it’s a steep climb and makes for a good quick workout. I could usually get to the top in about thirty minutes; forty to forty-five […]

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