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Weeks 40-42: Our Last Blog Post

Our  emotions right now, standing at the boundary of our Olive Odyssey and Home, run the gamut from nervously excited to tearfully sad.  The future is both more certain and less certain than it has been for the past year … Continue reading

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Week 37: Kiwis Come Through: Hobbits at Heart

Consider a place as green as Ireland, with more sheep than people, and possessing an island culture where it seems everyone knows everyone else. Consider a place that claims Peter Jackson as a native son, the All-Blacks rugby team as … Continue reading

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Week 38: Frontier Spirit and Wide Open Skies: Our Australia

We arrived in Melbourne Australia on an early morning flight from Aukland in time to see a lovely sunrise.  Monday morning at 8:30 AM at the Melbourne airport – all was chaos with tour groups from China arriving, business men … Continue reading

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Week 36: Closer than Comfortable Encounters

With our hearts beating wildly – we could not quite process what we had just seen. A small family- mother, father and small child, had been standing on the side of the road, waiting to cross from the left side … Continue reading

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Week 34: Home is Where You “Load-Shed”

“Load shedding” in South Africa means that a community’s power is shut down on seemingly random days for a couple of hours by ESKOM, the local power company, to “alleviate stress on the power grid.” It happens on cool days … Continue reading

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Week 32: Pontoon Boats, Cango Caves, and Lazy Lizards too!

The easternmost slice of the Western Cape: from the Breede (Wide) River Valley, north through the Klein Karoo and out to Prince Albert Valley, is geologically and socially unlike anything we had seen previously in South Africa. We decided to … Continue reading

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Week 29 – Providential Encounters

A UMass faculty member who offered a tasting of South African Wines, a friend of ours from church, the father of a first year Amherst College student – each of these individuals back home in the US suggested we reach out to … Continue reading

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