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Elbow Taps

September 8th, 2009 This post comes to you from the town of Mtubatuba, in the Hlabisa district (pronounced clu-bisa, in one of those mystifying linguistic puzzles that happen when people try to spell a language that uses clicks) of Kwazulu-Natal.  This is “Zululand” according to my guidebook, and it is ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

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Smothered on Top of the Hill

September 1, 2009 What happens when you throw thousands of Afrikaaners into a dusty wasteland in the middle of nowhere full of thorn bushes with four stages and more than a hundred musical acts? Oppikoppi! (translation: on top of the hill) Perhaps the closest I will ever come to Woodstock ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

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August 17, 2009

Don’t worry, I did in fact return from Swaziland.  It just took me a while to recover/try and avoid catching the flu going around the office before I actually managed to write about it, and then I kept forgetting to post it. As an intern, I don’t get the usual ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

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July 21st, 2009

So now that you have some sort of sense of my whereabouts, onto a description of work. I’m working at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Regional HIV/AIDS Program (RHAP).  Within Pretoria alone, there are several U.S. government (USG for those in the know) offices that ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

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White Walking Can Get Hectic

July 20, 2009 Now that I’ve been here almost two weeks without writing anything at all, I’ve set you all up to expect a literary masterpiece of a blog. Or I’ve set myself up to expect it, which is probably worse because it just means that I continue to refuse ... read more

Leona Rosenblum

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Photos

    Hi, There has been a request for photos.  I shall put up a couple, hopefully it will work.   This is the view of Table Mountain from my window.  read more

Leah Forsberg

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The Rugby Game

    Last Saturday I went to the South Africa versus Australia rugby game. It was so amazing. We were able to get tickets in the standing section. The energy in the stadium was incredible. South Africa is ranked number one in the world right now for rugby followed closely by Australia and New ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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21st

I have just recently learned about a South African tradition. It is a tradition that I wish we had in America. Not simply because it has to do with turning 21 and that will be my next birthday, but because I think it is very meaningful. I am going to propose that maybe ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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Day 5- June 12, 2009

Today was AWESOME and blew the crappiness of the last two days out of the water. We saw caves, we saw bones, we saw animals, and best of all, we didn't have RAIN! We got up ser early, and hung around waiting until we realized our guide, Dr. Berger, was at ... read more

Bailey McBride

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Day 3- June 10, 2009

8:00 am Rough night, couldn't sleep because I was afraid I had the time difference wrong. Not feeling very well, either. 9:30 am Just found out central heat does not exist anywhere in South Africa. Great. 10:15 am Saw a Honda CR-V, light green, just like mom's. The cars here ... read more

Bailey McBride

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Day 1/ Day 2- Because I Don't Know What Day It Is

This trip has already been such a blur. We are so SO SO far from Arkansas (and even farther from Oklahoma!). The plane ride over was very interesting- I sat by myself, away from the group, next to a woman from the Congo who works at a Chimp Sanctuary. Her plane ... read more

Bailey McBride

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"We live and Breath Racism here....." Weezy, Jo-burg

            Over the past week or so I have found myself discussing race and race issues with different people. It started with the maid, Lena. Her and I discussed her life growing up under apartheid. She told me that when she was younger she would play with the white farmer’s children. Her mother, worked ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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The beginning of school :(

School has officially started.  So far my classes seem good and interesting.   I am taking Physics, Psychology of religion, a sociology class called individual and society, and a history classes titled gender and history.       The way the university runs is a little different than what I am ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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Tour of the coast

    On Sonday all of the International students that are studying at UCT for the semester took a tour of the coast and of Cape Town.  It was absolutely beautiful.  We saw the 12 apostle mountains, the penguins at Boulder Beach, and we went to the Cape of Good ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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Random Observations

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Leah Forsberg

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Moving In!

    Friday I finally saw the University. Upper Campus is up on the hill going to Table Mountain. It is absolutely beautiful. I am certain that I shall be very inspired to study there. ;) We learned more about what school will be like and about some of our volunteer opportunities. We have about ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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My first Days

    I love Cape Town.  It is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen.  The plane rides were very long and the food not so good.  Some UCT students who work for the program I am in met me and five other students at the airport.  ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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Just an Ordinary Day in South Africa: Bloukrans Bridge Bungee

Dave’s not getting up.   When Kuba and Alex burst through the door of his room, he’s hiding his head underneath the cheap blanket of a Plettenberg Bay backpackers’ lodge, trying to keep rays of morning sunlight from invading his eyes and worsening his hangover.   “Dave, get up. We’re ... read more

Andrew Zaleski

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Getting Ready

    I am trying this blog thing out so that I can work out all of the kinks before I leave. I am slowly getting my life organized and getting ready to go. My to do list is getting a little shorter every day, at least I think so!!! This trip ... read more

Leah Forsberg

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Four-to-One Odds? Really? Give us Some Credit

  “We have to get back in time for this game.” Kuba’s tripping more than Zach Galifianakis hopped up on Rohypnol atop the roof of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.   (Wednesday nights are half-price movie nights in Cape Town. From Observatory, you hop onto the metro rail heading downtown ... read more

Andrew Zaleski

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Have No Expectations, Make No Plans

Jen Danielsen

26 May 2010

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The absolute best advice to ever give anyone going abroad is to not have any expectations and to go with the flow. Being open to try new things and not be set in what you 'think your going to get out of the trip'. Having those expectations can ruin your experience, and leave you feeling disappointed. If you go into an experience or a trip and have no expectations, no plans, no thoughts and ideas of what your going to get out of it, then you are only set to go up. Having no expectations is the best way to have a great time & experience great things. Go on a trip and plan as you go, or don't even plan at all, let it happen. No where to go but up if you are starting on that low level of open minded thoughts. Be open minded & go with the flow!

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It's hectic just now

Leona Rosenblum

07 Dec 2009

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Though the first language of many white South Africans is English, don't be fooled into thinking that means you won't need a translator. Certain phrases have seeped their way into the national vocabulary whose meanings no longer have any relation to their American equivalents. "Epic fail" is used 100% more frequently than I've ever heard it in the United States. "Hectic" refers to anything from a dance club to a T-shirt. And if anyone tells you that they'll do something "now," you better be ready to wait a while. "Now" means pretty much anytime in the future. "Just now" might mean soon-ish, or it might mean they really just want to get rid of you. If they say "now now," you actually might be in business!

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