Category Archives: Africa

Why China’s Rise Matters

Before I go on Ad nauseam about the growing (and fraught) presence of China in Africa, I highly suggest reading this report on the widespread annihilation of Africa’s elephants (for the purpose of shipping illegal ivory to China’s shores). This … Continue reading

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Take a Deep Breath: We’re All to Blame

As a Sinophile and someone who has spent five of the past fifteen years living in China, it is deeply disheartening to read news stories like this one reporting on the mysterious ‘yellow haze’ that descended on the city of … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Wandering Gaia:
London: A group of scientists is calling for a fundamental overhaul in the way international environmental issues are decided, including reforming the UN bodies and decision-making processes to make them fairer and more effective at…

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What’s in a Name? The Kony 2012 Debate Continues

“Treating awareness as a goal in and of itself risks compassion fatigue — most people only have so much time and energy to devote to far-away causes — and ultimately squanders political momentum that could be used to push for … Continue reading

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Weekend Round-Up #6: No Regrets

It’s perhaps a common mantra we repeat to ourselves at some point in our lives: Live life without regrets (or, for the more morbid, ‘Die without regrets‘). For this weekend’s round-up, I’ve scoured the internet(s) for some reminders how to … Continue reading

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Swimming with Sharks – Marine Dynamics

If you’re up for the challenge, contact Marine Dynamics to swim with the great white sharks off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa (boats leave from Gansbaai). Marine Dynamics is one of the only shark cage diving outfitters in … Continue reading

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Singita = Heaven

Singita Boulders is an experience of a lifetime, with a price tag to match. Continue reading

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The Good Stuff (Eats!) in Cape Town

We saw, we ate, we conquered… or something like that. Thanks to numerous guidebooks, internet searches, and sometimes just dumb luck, we found a number of great eateries around the city. Here’s a brief list, as well as some details: … Continue reading

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Reuben’s, A Delicious Detour

Reuben’s—a welcome respite from the wine tasting at Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Continue reading

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Cape Town’s Best Boutiques

A walk down Kloof and Long Streets in Cape Town’s Gardens district is a must do for several reasons including: first, the endless bars, restaurants, and boutiques that line the streets and second, the peri-peri sauce on the potato wedges … Continue reading

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