Tag Archives: South Africa

Parkinson’s Update, a New Life Back in Eugene, and Writing a Book

It’s been several months since I posted a blog entry, so I think it’s time for an update. For those who might have missed it, I am home from Peace Corps service in South Africa, a year earlier than planned, … Continue reading

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Gary acquires diagnosis that gets him sent home from Peace Corps

If you’re someone I communicate with regularly via email, or we’re Facebook friends, then you probably already know what I’m about to divulge here. But if you’re one of those who have been following my Peace Corps adventure in South … Continue reading

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Domestic violence a big problem in South African culture

Today I observed first-hand a South African issue that is acknowledged, but rarely talked about in my experience: domestic violence. It’s Wednesday, late morning, the day our elders’ group, mostly older women – “gogos” or grandmothers – meets at Masiphile. … Continue reading

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When does two equal three? Taxi culture, practices can take your breath away, but get you where you need to go

Not much will slow down a rural So. African taxi driver, but a speed bump will, most of the time. I speculate that most drivers don’t own the vehicles they drive – a fleet of taxis is probably owned by … Continue reading

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The Brits Have Had a Lot of Influence in So. Africa; Watch Out for the Robot!

Today is Sunday, June 3rd, and it’s clear, cold and windy now, but is supposed to be about 70 degrees today. Hope the sun remains, as I have laundry drying on the line. It’s 8:44 a.m. here, which means it’s … Continue reading

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Learning Zulu and ‘Randomly Observing’ South African Culture

Sanibonani! How about a quick, simple lesson in the Zulu language and then I’ll share some “random observations” I’ve made and recorded when I journal; things that don’t fit in any particular place or order, but which I’ve found interesting? … Continue reading

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Propisitioning 5 gorgeous women for unprotected sex!

Ever been to one of those workshops or conferences where they make you get in groups of 5 or 6 and act out a scenario, or role play, or have a small group discussion to make some important point or … Continue reading

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Training over, Gary gets promoted in South Africa

Where to begin!? Nine weeks of training is over and as of Thursday, March 22nd, I’m promoted. I’m no longer a “PCT” — a Peace Corps Trainee, but am a “PCV,” a Peace Corps Volunteer. After swearing in on the … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to seem real; ‘Philly’ and ‘Joberg’, here we come!

It’s starting to seem real. On December 21st, the shortest day and the longest night of the year, I got the long-awaited email from the Peace Corps about “staging and orientation.” It happens in Philadelphia, PA on January 24, 2012. … Continue reading

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Countdown continues for Peace Corps South African departure

See that “Peace Corps Disclaimer” to the right of this paragraph? I stole it from another Peace Corps voluneer serving in South Africa. He’s been there for several months, working on education projects, in the province of Limpopo, one of … Continue reading

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