Photo Tour of Hillbrow, Johannesburg

Hillbrow is one of Johannesburg neighborhoods with large number of immigrants/migrants. We toured it today with dear Zimbabwean friends. I have no energy to write blog post tonight but here are some photos.… Continue reading

Ubuntu Has No Borders

I had the best intention of writing part two of “Black and White” entry today, but as we visited the vibrant and multiethnic area in downtown Johannesburg, I was mercifully reminded that things… Continue reading

Black and (or?) White – Part 2

KAY’S POST I have noticed one thing about the parts of South Africa that we have seen so far. There seems to be a delicate dance between black, white English speaking, and white… Continue reading

Black and (or?) White – Part 1

DARIJA’S ENTRY: It was inevitable that Kay and I would end up discussing race between the two of us and with others. It is simultaneously a reaction to how we see and perceive… Continue reading

The Nomad Heart

Last night I was suddenly overwhelmed by the complexity of the issue of refugees in South Africa.  Not that I thought it would be different, but many  subtle, and some certainly less subtle,… Continue reading

Working From Yet Another Mugg & Bean Coffee Shop…


Today Kay and I settled in Pretoria and embarked on the mundane tasks of grocery shopping and sorting the wireless Internet connection. Our place is in the Pretoria suburb of Queenswood, promoted as… Continue reading

UNHCR Reports that South Africa is Favored Country for Asylum Seekers

According to this morning’s SA The Sunday Times, “one quarter of all asylum requests in the world are being filed in South Africa, with hundreds of thousands of desperate Africans taking advantage of… Continue reading

Ready or not?

Here I come! Getting ready to leave tomorrow morning for Johannesburg via Washington, DC and Dakar. Mildly panicked as I am keeping an eye on hurricane’s path, airport security updates and strike in… Continue reading

The first trip is coming up!

No, it is not work related but any time one has a chance to spend a week relaxing on tranquil St. Simons Island, it is worth writing about! And so we are getting… Continue reading