Just a Click Away: Learning from the Xhosa Elders of Ngxingxolo Village

I’ve always been intrigued by women in communities around the world; from their cultural traditions, style of dress, cooking practices, and overall lifestyle. While driving through the wild coast of South Africa, I became curious about the daily life of people occupying rural communities. I wandered if xhosa cultural traditions remained intact or have evolved…

Life lessons from kids of the Shalati Village: South Africa

After three days in South Africa, I was finally making my way to a rural village. I had camped in the Bush the night before with local Shangaan people; probably the most adventurist thing I had done at that point in my life. I was ready to have some fun. On the drive up to…

In the Heart of Ezulwini Valley: Swaziland

Unbothered by the roaming impalas, zebras, and warthogs, I was utterly taken back by the natural beauty of Ezulwini Valley meaning place of heaven. I needed to practice my siswati which quite the challenge because of the clicks, yes clicks. I was officially learning “the clicking language” which was so similar to zulu. I arrived…

Cultural Pursuits: Trinidad & Tobago

I left the country for the first time following my freshmen year of college. The summer of 2006, I packed my bags and headed to the twin island country of Trinidad and Tobago. While my peers were thrilled to study aboard in Europe; the West Indies was calling me. Beyond learning more about the African…