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Los brazos del hombres

The revelation, once dawned, seemed to have always been there. When the man reached over and hoisted the girl onto the seat beside him, nobody called the police. The bus ride from Vallarta to Mismaloya takes 20 minutes and costs  [Read More]

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La vida en la Mina

La vida en la Mina

“La gente de mi barrio” was the last post before things went off the rails with mi gatito. Where were we when we left off? Let’s see… I think I was living over in Old Town in an apartment with assaultive golfer art. I’ve since moved into a charming studio near the main square and the church of Guadalupe, a central location on the edge... [Read More]

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La gente de mi barrio

La gente de mi barrio

When people think Mexico they think palm trees and sand, tequila and limes, cervezas and sunscreen. Iconic tropicality, right? But let me tell you now, what I will always remember is that Mexico is really, really loud. Things to keep  [Read More]

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Entrega a la cultura

Here’s one for all the teachers out there: what grade are you in when you learn about culture? I’m thinking it’s grade 4 or 5, and I remember it being this nebulous idea that Mr. Murphy dragged out of us  [Read More]

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Duncan Village shebeen

Well, we’re kicking off my last week in Africa with an extraordinary adventure: Craig and I have been invited to a shebeen (tavern) in Duncan Village by Craig’s friend and colleague, Dumile. It is nerve-wracking and exciting, likely-dangerous, and a  [Read More]

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Anarchy and patience

Here’s something I’ve noticed: South Africa has almost no rules. In fact, so few things are disallowed here that I am shocked when anything at all is prohibited. In some ways South Africa is all anarchy, which raises an interesting  [Read More]

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Arrival in Cape Town

If Johannesburg is L.A. and East London is Detroit, Cape Town is San Francisco: naturally beautiful, diverse, and colourful. Craig’s friend Mike lives in the Cape Town Central Business District (CBD) and has generously offered to show me around for  [Read More]

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Mdantsane soccer

Mdantsane soccer

This morning we are heading to Mdantsane Village, and Craig is looking forward to the drive. “It’s really interesting,” Craig tells me. “You’ll get to see so many different kinds of places on the way.” Informal settlements are like tent  [Read More]

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Ghost Pops

I was in a petrol station and saw these Ghost Pops. So many questions – I had to buy them. They make some pretty bold claims on the back… …and they’re all true. Just not in a good way. So  [Read More]

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Linens 'n' things

I am in the Debonair Pizza (award-winner, Best Name Ever) with a perfect personal round – extra cheese, meat lover’s: hopefully kudu or blesbok or warthog – and I have finally pressed the combination of buttons on my loaner Nokia  [Read More]

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