Monthly Archives: July 2014

Penguins on parade, on the beach, even on socks

July 25, 2014 You might think that a visit to Africa would warrant a plan to commune with elephants or giraffes or lions.   No. A visit to South Africa, Cape Town and the Western Cape including the Cape of … Continue reading

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Thinking about Robben Island on Nelson Mandela Day

July 18, 2014 Since this is the first Nelson Mandela Day since Madiba died, it might be worthwhile to reflect on the profound jolt I got when visiting Robben Island.  I have provided a picture of just a section of the … Continue reading

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Not your everyday encounter with flora and fauna

July 17, 2014 Grahamstown, South Africa apparently is situated at the crossroads of four biomes, or animal and plant groupings based on climate and geography.   What that means is what you typically see around town in terms of bushes, birds, and … Continue reading

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Newspaper hawkers resurrected for 10 days

July 15, 2014 The National Arts Festival served as the forum for marketing newspapers the old-fashioned way via an on-foot, on-the-street sales force.  That quaint “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” from black-and-white 1940s movies was replaced by hawkers proclaiming, … Continue reading

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Bracing the tastebuds for Biltong and Boerewors

July 8, 2014 After two weeks in South Africa and one week in Grahamstown,  I had to bear down and really eat like a local.  Yes, I had African stew at Marco’s in Cape Town, Nando’s chicken in Sea Point  and … Continue reading

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A double-decker bus provides top-notch Cape Town views

June 28, 2014 Since South Africans drive on the left (as opposed to the right side of the street in the States or just about anywhere we want in Boston) I decided to get acquainted with Cape Town by taking … Continue reading

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The grocery store serves as entry to Cape Town life

June 27, 2014 A trip to another country raises expectations of the exotic and unusual. I hold to this notion that the people in this country or that – China or Ireland or Trinidad or South Africa – will somehow … Continue reading

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