As Nature Heals

As the globalized world competes with one another and fights over religion, politics, economics, and competing power dynamics, I will continue to seek Nature. I will allow it to reveal its most pure essence, and enable it to heal me from the inside out. Barefoot, as I sink into the Earth, that man is destroying….

America’s Health Care System; A Less Serious Note

On August 17th I accidentally slammed my thumb in a Range Rover car door in the parking garage of the airport in Cape Town, South Africa. After this happened, I flew 12 hours to Amsterdam, had a 7 hour layover, and then flew 8 more hours to New York. On August 19th I went to…

Wherever You Are, Be All There

Greetings Everyone, I have been in South Africa (Cape Town for the most part) for a month and fifteen days now and every where I go throughout the city, the view of Table Mountain is ever-present and undeniable! Being that I have already hiked Lions Head Mountain twice (AM & PM), it was definitely about…

Let Your Intuition Lead

I woke up early today with the expectation of interviewing 4 women at the Learn to Earn organization in Khayelitsha. Due to the rain and cold weather, many women could not make it. I completed one interview and it went really well. I was a bit upset that I had only done 1/4 interviews, but…

Traveler or Tourist?

This post is in response to The Daily One Word Prompt and this week’s word is tourist. Upon reading the word tourist, the first word that popped into my mind was traveler. Currently, I am laying here in my bed, contemplating the weight of each of these terms. Are traveler and tourist mutually exclusive? If…

The Phases of a Cape Town Sunset

After a day of hiking up Lions Head Mountain, everyone was extremely hungry and our lovely friend from Cape Town recommended a waterfront restaurant. As we approached, we realized how fancy this place was, as we sat in our sweaty, and dirty hiking clothes with our hiking sneakers on, all staring at each other and…

Recognizing My Privilege in South Africa

Right now I am laying in a bed way too big for just myself, in an apartment in Cape Town, South Africa. I am encompassed by down blankets and fluffy pillows that always seem to be colder on the other side. To the left of me is a power strip that is charging my iPhone…

Lion’s Head Mountain Hiking

I tried to get a good nights’ sleep knowing that I would be hiking up Lion’s Head Mountain in Cape Town, and for some odd reason, I have not been able to get to sleep at a normal hour. Maybe I am still jet-lagged, or maybe my mind is racing. Whatever is preventing me from…

The Cape Town They Don’t Show

Hi Everyone, I would just like to make a few remarks regarding what I have seen in my few short days here in Cape Town, South Africa. Yesterday was the first time I was able to venture outside of the city center to explore another area of Cape Town that seems to go unnoticed. If…

Sir Lowry’s Mountain Pass, South Africa

Greetings All, After realizing that I had not packed a hairbrush, I went into the kitchen and stood there for a second while contemplating on how I was going to brush my hair for the first time in about four days. My eyes wandered to the drawer and I thought to myself, a fork will…

Packing at a Pace

Greetings All, So it is May 24, 2016 and I leave for Cape Town, South Africa in exactly 7 days. The steps that I have taken to prepare for my 2 month and 4 day trip are minimal. I have bought an outlet adapter and chose which suitcases I will bring. Instead of being frantic…

A Note on Cultural Appropriation

When a Facebook friend posts something about cultural appropriation, more specifically, “white girls wearing head dresses and bindis at Coachella.” I had to respond. Again, this is just my opinion. Take it or leave it.  “Ok, so a few comments on this. Just my personal opinion of course. With regard to “white girls” wearing head…