This last guest post during my vacation week is from a young woman who runs a website titled Endangered Living. I recently came across this while reading various Africa posts while procrastinating packing for our trip. I was shocked and upset when I read her post, and I think you should read it to. The … More Chocolate Dipped Death (by Sarah Bell)
I cannot tell you enough how amazing this guest blogger is. My friend, Janice Anderson, is a doctor who recently volunteered in Zambia, and what she wrote will move you, I promise. It’s beautiful and these beautiful people she helped have a life that most of us can’t imagine. Please follow this link to read … More My Trip to Zambia (by Janice Anderson)
Although it’s illegal in many states of America, riding in the back of pickup trucks (called Bakkies) is not illegal here in South Africa. I remember riding in the bed of trucks when I was a kid. It’s still one of my favorite memories of childhood. Usually we would get yelled at to sit in … More Bakkie Rides
Today we move into our house here in South Africa. Those of you who have followed this journey know how excited we are to have our own place. There were many houses to look at within the allowance given by my husband’s employer. We didn’t need the largest house on the block. In fact, we … More Ikhaya = Home
Today, readers, I would seriously like your input. Not about today’s Zimbabwe elections and whether or not Dictator Mugabe will continue his rule (although you’re welcome to state your opinion there as well). No, I thought in light of today’s elections, it would be a good time to discuss my recent thoughts on blogging dictatorship. … More Bloggers are Dictators, and Which Animal Rights are Right?
After seeing a friend’s photo with caracal kittens (named “Lilo” and “Stitch”) at the Rhino and Lion Reserve, I knew we needed to return to that park. In one of her lovely photos, she’s holding a sweet-looking caracal kitten, sitting pleasantly in her arms. Visiting just a few weeks later, we apparently arrived during “Stitch”‘s … More Caracal Kitten vs. Marla Hair: Kitten Wins
I recently went to one of my favorite writing spots in the area: Karoo Cafe. Instead of my usual morning routine, I went late afternoon and stayed until Kurt was heading home, almost dusk. The cafe is located on a complex called Karoo Square. There are artist studios in use and for let, a furniture … More Treeing a Chicken
Maybe an uncle. A very large uncle. Thought you would enjoy some photos of our recent adventures here in South Africa. These are from The Elephant Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa. Driving to the elephant sanctuary, I was naturally thinking of The Elephant’s Child by Kipling. The sanctuary didn’t have any baby elephants while … More This is Not the Elephant’s Child
Tigers are not native to Africa, in case you didn’t know. I have to admit that before moving to South Africa, I did not know there were no African tigers. I mean, I knew from American zoos that there were “Bengal tigers” and “Siberian tigers” and when we used to play pool four days a … More Dear Africa, Stop Confusing Me with Tigers!
I’m going through minor identity frustration. In the 20 years since becoming Kurt’s wife, this is the first time I’ve ever felt entirely defined as only, “Kurt’s wife.” Every person I encounter here asks what my husband does when they learn I’m an American. There has not yet been any assumption other than that I … More “Mrs. Kurt”: Identity Struggles on Manuscript Monday