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Month: June 2015

Give Me My Pen

On the second night of our homestay in HaMakuya, a rural village in northern Limpopo Province, Kaley, Duncan and I donned the traditional clothing lent to us by our host family. As the sun sunk low in the sky, we waited outside as other women and children from the village gathered. After a bit of

Saving Individuals, Not the World: 900 Children of Hangberg

In the community of Hangberg, a part of the greater Cape Town area, the population struggles with drug addiction, mental health problems, crowded living conditions, the influence of gangs, and a lack of job opportunities. Children are raised in a toxic environment where many parents and other adult role models illegally poach abalone and shopkeepers

Girl Meats World

Upon coming to South Africa, the biggest thing that I was most excited and nervous for was the introduction to a new cuisine. Being a self-proclaimed “picky eater” I knew it was going to be difficult for me to dive into trying new foods I was completely unfamiliar with. However, meat is a strong component

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Backpackers Edition

Before coming to South Africa, all of my associations with the word hostel triggered one of three thoughts: 1. A dark, scary place where you get to stay for cheap while traveling abroad; while there you are constantly worrying about all your belongings being stolen. 2. An ideal setting for a horror film. 3. A

Life Is Short, Eat Dessert First

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a pretty bad sweet tooth. When I was a kid, I used to tell my parents that I had a separate stomach for dessert, so I always had room for dessert no matter how much food I’d already eaten. Given my love for dessert and all things