Tag Archives: South Africa

Just Some Musings Before I Leave the States

A year ago, I took a class on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Little did I know that learning about this structure that was put in place to deal with the human rights violations of apartheid would … Continue reading

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The Answer

I still find myself continuing habits that I had formed in Cape Town, such as burning incense and scented candles, drinking cucumber water and instant coffee, consuming hummus and avocados on flatbread, and writing when I am inspired by life. … Continue reading

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Mental Health While Abroad: A Reflection

I was seeing a psychologist on a weekly basis at the Georgetown University Counseling and Mental Health Center for the first semester of my Junior year. He suggested that I consider seeing someone while I was abroad in Cape Town, … Continue reading

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Study Abroad Taught Me How to Adult

Last week, I purchased a plane ticket that will take me from Detroit, MI to Washington, DC at the end of August. This flight will mark the end of my summer and the beginning of my senior year at Georgetown … Continue reading

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A New Side of Cape Town

In the months that I’ve been in Cape Town, I’ve been able to check so many “touristy” items off my list: hiking Table Mountain, surfing at Muizenberg, exploring Central Business District, and checking out all the amazing sights that Cape … Continue reading

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“Purple Rain” in Cape Town

Prince often graced my mother’s car radio as she took me to school every morning during my elementary, middle, and high school years. He was also played on the way home from school. For the months that any given Prince … Continue reading

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Being an African American in Africa: “What are you?”

Disclaimers 1) The question, “What are you?” is objectifying. If the goal is to find out a person’s heritage, the more proper question to ask is “How do you identify?” 2) Every African American’s experience in Cape Town, South Africa … Continue reading

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“People died for YOU to sit here.”

For this semester, I am a student at University of the Western Cape (UWC), which is also known as the “University of the Left.” In 1986, the institution earned this name after students and administration fought to admit Black African … Continue reading

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Your flight is how long?!

Three continents, four planes and 36 hours. It was my mantra as I frantically stuffed my bag with as many lotions, water bottles, and snacks as I possibly could. In less than 12 hours, I would be on my way to … Continue reading

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A Land of Lines: A Week in the Rainbow Nation

Two Saturdays ago, my fidgety unslumber in the center economy-class seat of a South African Airways airbus, legs and neck braced awkwardly and eyes enshrouded in a light-blocking scarf, was disrupted suddenly when I jolted upright to a single urgent … Continue reading

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