Sala Kahle/Hamba Kahle

In the Zulu language there are multiple ways to grammatically frame the act of departing. When an individual is leaving, the proper farewell  phrase is “Sala Kahle”, or “Stay Well”, whereas the individual who stays bids the other goodbye by saying “Hamba Kahle” or “Go Well”. On the afternoon of June 13th, 2014 I finally…

Born Free

May 7th, exactly a week ago, marked South Africa’s fifth election in its 20 year history of  post-apartheid democracy. Months and months of smear campaigns and an excessive campus presence  of African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) student representatives finally culminated on this much anticipated date.That morning, the girls in my residence…

Memoirs of 4 1/2 Month Sojourner

I was sitting in a cab back to campus today with my friend Courtney after having spent the day self-pampering at Musgrave Centre in Durban  when Bob Marley’s song “Buffalo Soldier” started to play from the car’s out-dated radio system: “…There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of America, stolen from Africa, brought to…

Worldviews in Motion

While  sitting in my dorm reading a dense text about the influence of colonialism in African philosophy it hit me – I have been in South Africa for over a month. I now have a better understanding of what people mean when they say that “time is flying by”. The concept of being abroad for…

New Perspectives

Today marks the third week that I have been in Durban. I have become much more acclimated to my new environment and have finally begun to get into the groove of the daily syncopation that makes up being a student at the University of KwaZulu- Natal and a resident of Durban. The weekend following my…

Initial Impressions

7 days. It has been exactly a week since I first stepped foot into a city that will be my home for the next several months – Durban,South Africa. After many endless hours of flying and watching old episodes of every show known to man, I arrived at  Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and then…