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Out of Africa

Evan picks me up at the Johannesburg airport. I’ve got seven hours until my flight leaves for London and he’s decided to drive me to Pretoria, the place where he and Karin went to teacher’s college. Pretoria is one of  [Read More]

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The Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind

Saturday is reserved for a trip to The Cradle of Humankind, because after a few consecutive nights out partying in various pubs, lounges and clubs – all, inexplicably, located in the these totally ordinary stucco malls (pronounced “mowls”), “we should  [Read More]

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Friday in Joburg

Friday in Joburg

Friday morning I wake up early with Karin to go to her work so I can use the Internet while she teaches her morning classes. Karin teaches grade nine students at a Jewish school in Joburg; she is out at  [Read More]

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The symphony

The symphony

I am woken in the night by a bird. I don’t know if it is the same kiewiet still pissed off at our trespass from earlier that night, but the bird says, “wer wer WERRRR, wer wer WERRRR, wer wer  [Read More]

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My first braai

When Karin arrives we decide to go to a grocery store and pick up supplies for that evening’s dinner. As we pass the meat counter, the counterperson calls out, “How are you today, sweetheart!” I am totally confused until Karin  [Read More]

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Welcome to Africa

A crescent moon hangs over the steel airplane wing. Three stars are visible in the morning sky. A smear of red runs under the ailerons, and the clouds below look cauliflower heads in cream sauce. We dip below the cover  [Read More]

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1time!

OK, now I know what 1time means: that quoted low price will only be available one time – after that the price goes up 100 rand. I am not kidding. When I hit “Book” the price was 100 rand more.  [Read More]

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Nothing to fear but three big rottweilers

I want to write a bit about fear, because I have been experiencing quite a lot of it recently. For three nights after I first booked this trip I would suddenly wake in the wee hours to sit and ponder  [Read More]

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Everything I know about Africa I learned at the movies

I have finally made contact with Karin (car-in) who lives in Johannesburg. More precisely, she writes, “I live on a ‘farm’, not really a FARM…but a smallholding about 15 min out of Joburg.” No idea what that means but I  [Read More]

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