Category Archives: Durban

Happy Birthday, Madiba!

I am happy to dedicate this post to the honorable Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 today!  The month of July is known as Mandela Month in South Africa, and today has been declared a national holiday.  In the spirit of the … Continue reading

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Lessons From Shiva, Science Fiction, and Sangria

After bidding an emotional farewell to the adorable children at Edith Benson, we took a final day excursion to the Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple, the first public Hindu temple established in Africa.  We were welcomed to this beautiful temple by … Continue reading

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Film Reflections and a Farewell to Amsterdam

Our last Monday in Durban was definitely an eventful one.  After completing our service learning work, we explored the Glenwood Village shopping area for a bit, tried some authentic Indian curry, and finally met later that evening to watch Tsotsi … Continue reading

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A Drive Through the Durban Townships

After completing our service learning volunteer work for the day, we decided to take a brief tour of two prominent townships outside of Durban, KwaMashu and Inanda.  During the apartheid era, non-whites were confined within these townships.  Today it is … Continue reading

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Elephants, and Rhinos, and Hippos! Oh My!

What a gorgeous day for a safari!  After departing early at 5:00am to travel three hours away to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, we were lucky to see a large amount of wildlife.  We saw baboons, warthogs, giraffes, rhinos, antelopes, zebras, … Continue reading

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Service Learning at the Edith Benson Babies Home

Today I began my service learning project as a volunteer at the Edith Benson Babies Home.  Although this residence is referred to as an orphanage, it does not ultimately represent what one would call an orphanage in the United States. … Continue reading

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Spotlight on a Local Gallery

Much needs to be said about my favorite gallery in town, the KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA).  In the two times that I have been here, I have seen a number of excellent pieces created by talented local artists. … Continue reading

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