At the beginning of my internship, my supervisor informed me that although there would be more than enough to do in M&E, she also wanted me to explore some of the work being done in other divisions. So she initiated conversations about me potentially doing some fieldwork in August. The plan was for me to go… Continue reading The Journey to Limpopo (Part 1)
When I learned I was coming to South Africa, one of the first things that crossed my mind was that I had to go to Robben Island. During my 3rd year in undergrad, I took an amazing class on Nelson Mandela and the Anti-Apartheid movement and ever since then I’ve been intrigued. After reading his autobiography… Continue reading Amandla, Awethu! (Power to the People!)
My daily commute to work in Cape Town (CPT) involved a 45-minute bus ride, followed by a seven-minute walk to the train station and then a 15-minute train ride to the office. On a good day, without delays, my commute would be about an hour and 15 minutes each way. Although this was exhausting, it… Continue reading Some Research, A Surprise Cake and Lots of Amazing Views
Today, June 16th marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprisings. Soweto is known for the student uprisings which served as a catalyst for the anti-apartheid movement. June 16th is now designated as a public holiday, to commemorate all the young people who lost their lives in the fight for freedom and democracy. Two days… Continue reading Aluta Continua – The Struggle Continues
After 5 papers, traveling to Jamaica, packing up my apartment, two long flights and an amazing 10-hour layover in Dubai, I finally made it to Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, June 3rd. It was 5:45am when I got off the plane. Being half asleep didn’t stop me from savoring the sights and sounds of my… Continue reading Sawubona, Unjani?