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Are You Homesick?

Along with “why are you here?”, I’ve gotten this question a lot while I’ve been in Cape Town. Each time, without hesitation, I’ve responded with an emphatic “no.” How could I be homesick? The culture, the food, the people, the … Continue reading

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On Being Alone

Time alone is a rare occasion here. At school, I am used to walking to class by myself, having some meals by myself, and studying by myself. When I am home for the summer the alone time is especially poignant. … Continue reading

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A Quick Thank You

I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting during this trip on my place as an American, a woman, and a person of privilege. In all of these reflections I view myself as an outsider in Cape Town, experiencing the culture … Continue reading

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Why I Am Here

“Why are you here?” I’ve heard this a lot in Cape Town. From my leader at group reflection, kids at an event celebrating Youth Day, my bosses at the start of work. Usually I find an answer, but an answer … Continue reading

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On Being a Woman

As he eyed me up and down he said with a smirk, “Some of us need to watch our figure…” after rejecting a cup of coffee. I smiled and chuckled an obligatory laugh and immediately internally reproached myself. How I … Continue reading

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On Being American

By Anna & Kaia We work at the South African Clothing and Textiles Workers Union (SACTWU) with a diverse group of people. Its office is removed from the hustle of downtown life in a part of Cape Town called Woodstock. … Continue reading

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Assumptions

As I packed for my trip to South Africa, I packed heavy layers anticipating cold temperatures. As I boarded the plane, I dreaded what inevitably would be the worst 26 hours of my life.  As I stepped outside into Johannesburg, … Continue reading

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