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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work; but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The path of those who preach love, and not hatred, is not easy. They often have to wear a crown of thorns.

Nelson Mandela


Cape Point, South Africa
Where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet.


It’s really cool.

Cape Point, South Africa

Where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet.

It’s really cool.

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Gendeni po nawa Madiba. Mpandu unene.

"Go well Mandela. Thank you" in Rukwangali

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 by Mbali Vilakazi

If you have 2 minutes, then listen to this poem, and I mean really listen to it. It’s good.

The Black Pimpernel
by Mbali Vilakazi

This hour upon the horizon is its own song; a dirge

But this is not the hour of yesterday

This is not the time for tears

Nor celebration

We have our work to do.

And we have been shown:

Wind of life blown without roots

to exile and iron fire grieving
Blood and shackled love

And those other things —
Those that remain undone

We have always been reaching

Before the smoke machines

And statues of bronze, and invention

Before martyr and metaphor

Before the truth, and the lies

Before ambiguous

And surface scraped clean

Of complexity

There were regular swoops on your Orlando home then.

There were the workman’s blue overalls and the Mazzawati tea glasses

And there was you —

The Black Pimpernel.

The fearsome shadow of purposeful stride

An AK-47 grip on necessity

A chauffeur’s hat and your pocketful of ‘tickeys’

You have always had your way.

Black fist of words raised beyond the precipice

You bore the burden:

Hammer, rock and

The lime quarry in your eyes

They say it affected your sight.

‘I am not a saint’ you said.

A man who seeks the hands of children in the crowd.

The terrorist and the statesman

The paradox comes home here

Where we remain.

Where a daughter will remember how she could not touch you

Behind the glass

Behind your smile

Mortal, man, one amongst many

You led yourself and lead us to the same.

Of what you could not give

We will remember that you did not take.

We will make our own meaning.

This hope, it belongs
It is ours

We claim it.

This is the hour of tomorrow.

And if we have stood on the shoulders of giants,

We are giants still

And giants, we will come again

Because we are all Nelson Mandela

And because the struggle continues.

"The Black Pimpernel" by Mbali Vilakazi. Copyright 2013 by Mbali Vilakazi.

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo.

The world is now not less bright without Mandela, it is infinitely more bright for the very reason that he was here with us at all. Godspeed Madiba, we will continue your fight for equality.

iluvsouthernafrica:

afrikan-mapambano:

Africa is not an Underdeveloped continent it is an Overexploited one




The only truth.

iluvsouthernafrica:

afrikan-mapambano:

Africa is not an Underdeveloped continent it is an Overexploited one

The only truth.
tempestate:

Namib Desert from the sky by Marco Gaiotti
acquaventosabbia:

Namibia, Svakopmund

And Swakopmund! The destination of choice in Namibia!

acquaventosabbia:

Namibia, Svakopmund

And Swakopmund! The destination of choice in Namibia!

wolverxne:

You’ve been snapped!! by: Dana Allen - False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

These stunning pictures captures the moment a great white shark leaps out of the water clutching a seal in its mouth.The amazing picture of the great white was taken by Dana Allen, 50, in False Bay, off Cape Town in South Africa. The photographer captured the shark in mid-air hovering above the water with a ‘fake’ seal in its mouth. Mr Allen’s team spent three days trying to set up the amazing shots by using a rubber ‘decoy’ seal to tempt the sharks out. by: Leon Watson

This is where I went diving with the great whites when I was in the peace corps.

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Hello There. Whether you meant to get here or not you have somehow managed to find my blog. This isn’t any old blog, you know. This is my attempt to document my time spent serving with the Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Namibia. There will be good stories, photos, and perhaps a short movie or two.

My Final Post: Reflections On My Peace Corps Service

Peace Corps Namibia Packing List

Disclaimer
The contents of this Web site express my own views and do not reflect the position of the U.S. government or the U.S. Peace Corps.

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