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The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…

“Why are you taking photos of this one? He is for eating.” K.B. stepped back to remove his shadow from over my camera.

Lying across a dirt trail near my campsite in southern Africa I was tracking the movements of a large caterpillar. Camera pressed to my face I waited for it to reappear from the dead leaf litter. Its vibrant colors against the late autumn browns of the wooded campground were even better with the sun filtering through the trees.

“This is making me hungry.” K.B.’s sigh was audible. Continue reading The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…

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Zimbabwe on Hold

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Monday’s library program, Zim, Zam and the Smoke That Thunders, has been postponed until early 2018. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Week festivities!

Meanwhile in southern Africa the country of Zimbabwe was put on hold while our friends there awaited the outcome of military activity (aka “coup-not-coup”) and the potential ouster of one-time hero-turned-President-turned-Autocrat: Robert Mugabe.

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The currency of electricity from our Zimbabwean friends reaches across the ocean. They are excited, and filled with more hope than they knew they still had. During our years living in South Africa we made many friends from Zimbabwe. They often related their frustrations and fears about the state of rule, circumstances of their families back home, and frustrations with what seemed like unending limbo.

Limbo has ended.

                 Victoria Falls as seen from the Zimbabwe side. (c) 2016 MarLa Sink Druzgal

Now it’s time to hope that the new Zimbabwe matches the expectations of the majority of its people, and gets itself positioned more conscientiously to help its citizens, and hone its strengths to become the global powerhouse it can be.

Come learn about our own travels in Zimbabwe, as well as Zambia and Botswana in the region around Victoria Falls. The new program dates for this and other events will be announced in early 2018.


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An American Life in South Africa: Presentation at the Library

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Back in the U.S.A., and hoping to share a few stories with you…in person!

3 great (and 1 silly) reasons to attend my presentation on South Africa at the Indiana Free Library next Thursday, July 12th!

1) You like to travel or dream of travel, and are curious what South Africa has to offer.
2) You’ve always wondered what it’s like as an American to live years in another country far from home and family.
3) You’re a teacher, and looking for inspiration/ideas to include South Africa in your 2017/2018 lesson plans.

4) You’re Mar-Curious, and just want to see if I can still manage to entertain you for an hour.

Join me, and experience the presentation that my poor husband, Kurt, has had to survive as I worked to create a bit of edu-tainment for you.

Indiana Free Library
845 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone (724)465-8841

The Community Room is located on the second floor.

Hope to see you there!


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Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost

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I had a lot of fun writing October’s column for the Expat Focus website, and I hope you have as much fun reading it:

Go For the Flowers, Stay for the Ghost

And, as always, a few extra photos just for you…

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Thanks for reading. The best compliment you can give is to share my work, so if you enjoyed my Halloween piece, please pass it on, using one of the many share options on the Expat Focus website.

Love, MarLa

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Holy Happy-Sweat-Bees, Batman…Go a Fisa Thata!

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It is insanely hot here in the capital of South Africa. No, really. I’m pretty sure a lot of us are losing our minds under this sun!

We really need some rain right now. Meanwhile my friends in America’s Carolinas and elsewhere are underwater with some kind of thousand year storm.

Oy! This planet is a mess!

Here’s a photo of a cool little drum to offset the heat. Continue reading Holy Happy-Sweat-Bees, Batman…Go a Fisa Thata!

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Can You Identify this African Bird?

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I have to admit, this one had me stumped. Kurt and I were going through photos of our first trips to Kruger, in late winter/early Spring of 2013, and came across this photo I took of a pretty yellow-and-white bird in a bush.

Having spent the last two years cramming birds of Southern Africa into my brain from a few identification books, I was sad to realize how little I still knew of the variety of birds here.

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In the end, I had to send the photo to a bird guy (not to be confused with my snake guy, or my chicken guy) because I just wasn’t sure.

Before I give the answer, who wants to guess?  Your clues are (other than the colors and that beak): Kruger Park, woodland setting, early springtime.

And “little yellow job” doesn’t count. 😉

Love, MarLa

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The Way I Tour South Africa

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My latest column is now online at Expat Focus. This month I write about literature as it relates to the way I travel.

Please click here to read this month’s column, then come back here for a few snapshots of places I’ve been, inspired by books I’ve read. Continue reading The Way I Tour South Africa

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Pelicans at Nata Bird Sanctuary in Botswana

I didn’t retouch the photograph above. Sunset skies at Nata Bird Sanctuary in Botswana really were the color of cotton candy.

Just thought I’d share a little beauty today, with these pelicans in the salt pans.

Happy Thursday, and thanks for stopping by!

Love, MarLa

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