Travel to Africa With Me!

Tales from the tip:
14 wee epistles


Members and Friends,
Scroll down to live vicariously through my experiences in Africa!

Ever wanted to visit a far away land?  With all of the current restrictions, it is so very difficult now. I thought my Members and Friends would like to live vicariously through a collection of letters I wrote home in 2016 while "staying", as they say there, in the Tip of Africa! Log in, comment and please share this link to your friends and family who might enjoy tales "from the tip"!

Playing a Drum

EPISTLE 1

FROM THE TIP

The drum beat all night long. Normally you wake to roosters crowing, traffic in the distance, singing from the church and children's voices but not this morning.

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EPISTLE 2

FROM THE TIP

“Does the white person talk?”

“Does she eat?”  The 4 year old has only ever seen a white person on TV, Bongi explains.

It’s hard to describe what I feel here.

Image by Jeff Ackley

EPISTLE 3

FROM THE TIP

There’s just gardens and gates, or red rutted roads. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground in anything here in South Africa. It is truly a country of stark contrasts.

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EPISTLE 4

FROM THE TIP

”When will you be back?  Where are you going?” the children at the mission all clamoured to ask us as we walked the grassy path to the car.

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EPISTLE 5

FROM THE TIP

One of the first things an African does in the morning is open the windows and the top half of their dutch doors later if they think it’s become warm enough. Oh, how sweet to this Canadian!

Image by bill wegener

EPISTLE 6

FROM THE TIP

For the first time in his memory, Jacob is immersed in people of his own culture and colour on his own continent-I can’t imagine how that must feel….

Image by Jordan Rowland

EPISTLE 7

FROM THE TIP

She is frantically and frenetically scrubbing and cleaning. She has already washed floors and bedding and linens all week long.

Image by Simon Berger

EPISTLE 8

FROM THE TIP

Looking back to 2002 when I first came here, I see many changes, mainly the apparent population growth. More people, more cars, it feels like more of everything........

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EPISTLE 9

FROM THE TIP

From behind the door came two people. There she was pushing a walker ahead of her but I knew the voice before I even saw her. She looked exactly the same. She looked wonderful!

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EPISTLE 10

FROM THE TIP

It’s a very long way from Pinetown to Hluhluwe Game Reserve on the north coast, quite likely comparable to driving from Brockville to Toronto.

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EPISTLE 11

FROM THE TIP

Is there any bird louder than a hadida? Man, can they banter back and forth in dynamic ear bending chatter at daybreak!

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EPISTLE 12

FROM THE TIP

Tomorrow is Zoe’s 90th B’day. Her family made a plan to surprise her, including me, at her party on Sunday. Who knew that when I randomly sat beside her in church here in Hillcrest in 2002 that she would become my African Mom! I love this lady…

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EPISTLE 13

FROM THE TIP

Johannesburg is not my fav. Pretoria is much better. Indeed Cape Town is lovely but Durban, or Drbs, as fans call it, is my pick by far.

Image by Clay LeConey

EPISTLE 14

FROM THE TIP

Back here in Jolivet, the mission seems so quiet compared to noisy Pinetown. I must admit, the nights are chilly here now but the daytime, by afternoon, is perfect. I’m not sure how many more wee epistles I’ll be writing.

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OUT OF AFRICA

EPILOGUE

Just a few days out of Africa, it all really seems like I’ve been dreaming.