Home Again

Home…home…home. Home is where the heart is, a cliché that means more to me now than before. With my partner, so far away, I was ready to return to the place my heart is, with him. Yet, leaving South Africa was bitter sweet. The people I met and left behind ...

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Home Again

Home…home…home. Home is where the heart is, a cliché that means more to me now than before. With my partner, so far away, I was ready to return to the place my heart is, with him. Yet, leaving South Africa was bitter sweet. The people I met and left behind ...

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The Haven

  The Haven shelters, though sharing a name, do not have the same programs from site to site. However, all sites have the same goal, to help clients regain their dignity. This may be done through family reunification, substance use programs, earning a paycheck, or finding independent housing.  My first ...

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Langa Langa

Langa, a place that can greeted me with dancing, hugs and a home cooked meal, yet, we were also warned that it can be dangerous. Langa is a place where a warm woman, the age of my mother, cares for her granddaughter, laughed with me, played cards with me, and locked me in at night ...

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The Wilderness

What is it about the wilderness that makes it a background for introspection? As human beings, do we have to get away from a city in order to have the space and time to look within ourselves? Did humankind build cities to escape our own thoughts? Cities provide a space ...

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Robben Island

During the tour of Robben Island, the tour guide, who had also been a political prisoner on Robben Island, explained that the prison guards worked purposefully to cause divisions between the prisoners. They gave the Indian and Coloured populations better food and clothing compared to the Black population, the Black ...

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Oh my bags are packed…

My flight leaves for Cape Town tomorrow. Just thinking or speaking that sentence doesn’t make it feel real. Yet, I am buying supplies, packing my clothes, and getting internship clients prepared for my absence, so it must be happening. I’m going to ease into South Africa by starting off as ...

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