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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 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 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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Weeks 30 Blogging in a Busy Week

Do you remember those flat whirling discs that had a metal bar in the center and were key play equipment in the playgrounds of the 50’s and 60’s? These “spinners” were made of wood and metal, and powered by one or … Continue reading

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Week 26 Four Courses A Statesider Needs to Understand Life in Stellenbosch

Cultural Acclimation 101: Afrikaans for Beginners Afrikaans is one of the 11 languages spoken in South Africa and the dominant language spoken at Stellenbosch University.  This course is meant to equip you with some words that are part of the … Continue reading

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Week 24: Moving Things Along

Even though we are studying olives, not grapes, here we are in the premier wine country of South Africa – surrounded by vineyards, and now at the beginning of the harvest, the wonderful aroma of fermenting grape juice. Each morning, … Continue reading

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