Yesterday, I went with my friend Diana into the Soweto Township in Johannesburg. Diana works for an NGO called Days for Girls. This NGO has basically three purposes: one is to go into less privileged areas and teach teenage girls about their bodies, feminine hygiene, menstruation, sexuality and pregnancy. Another purpose is to provide theseContinue reading “Days for Girls”
I’ve been in the US for about 2 1/2 weeks. It’s nice to be home. Jason and I have decided to sell our house in Utah. We have owned this home for 13 years. We bought it 6 years before we joined the Foreign Service. We rented it out for 6 years with the understandingContinue reading “The Last Straw”
After living in Pretoria for nearly two years now, I thought I knew the the city fairly well. Turns out I didn’t. I’m leaving for the US in five days, and my sister asked me to bring her some African fabrics. I’ve seen women selling beautiful fabrics on the streets in other African countries, butContinue reading “African Fabrics and a New Side of Pretoria”
We decided to head down to Soweto to see where the 1976 Soweto uprisings began. These events are remember as a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day. Read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soweto_uprising
Last night, we went to a rugby match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium here in Pretoria. The Springboks pretty much killed the French. I won’t mention the score, because that would just be mean. South Africa has three main sports; rugby, soccer, and cricket. And they take all three very seriously. But it seems to meContinue reading “Rugby and National Anthems”
Jason and I both agree in that in the past couple of years we have gone soft. I’m not talking soft as in squishy bellies (though we have gone soft there), I mean soft as in not very tough. Eight or so years ago, when we were checking out the Foreign Service and when JasonContinue reading “We’ve Gone Soft”
On a recent trip to the South coast of South Africa, we went for a hike around Robberg Nature Reserve. The reserve is right outside of Plettenberg Bay.