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glimpse: 20 YEARS AFTER | Tucked away in-between Cape Town’s plush waterfront and Stellenbosch’s fine wineries, the Cape Flats aren’t exactly glamorous. That’s why they are easily overlooked by beauty-craving tourists, even though their ample expanse makes them hard to miss. Everybody had hyped up South Africa and Cape Town as heaven on earth, but nobody had mentioned the abysmal disparity. I was taken aback by how segregated the country still was, 20 years after apartheid. The institutionalized oppression had left societal trenches so deep that they undermined social and racial equity at every step. There is plenty of joy and grace in the townships, no doubt; but people’s happiness is up against vast inherited sufferings and struggles. Many here live ambiguously between smiles and frowns, amid light and shade.

 

glimpse: SOUTH AFRICAN SUMMER | The sun had seized control over all life in the orphanage during these hot summer days and drove us down to the dam time and again. Only the cooling water could defy the burning reign and had us longing for more shelter as soon as we’d leave the watery bubble.

 

glimpse: UNIMPRESSED | Self-what now? Self-drive safari? That didn’t sound right. I mean we’re talking wild animals here, above all the ones with wheels for legs.  Weren’t these African national parks afraid that some ruthless safari human ran over a lion or a dung beetle? Nope. And wouldn’t the quadrupeds attack cars? Yebbo. Ask my friend how he learned that lionesses can open car doors with their teeth. Or let me draw you a front row picture of a charging elephant, forcing an entire lineup of vehicles into a comical polonaise of reversing cars. But the DIY-freedom is hard to pass up and as long as the interaction is respectful, the grey giants are utterly unimpressed with human presence, ambling in front of these most curious intruders without a worry in the world.

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India Venster Route, Table Mountain, Cape Town    where ocean and sky merge

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

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Addo Elephant Park / Self Drive Safaris
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Cape Town / The Disparity Nobody Talks about
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Coffee Bay / The Hassle of Getting Out of the Car Now
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Drakensberg Mountains / Day Hikes
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Eastern Cape / The Other Side of South Africa
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East London / Summer at the Children’s Home
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Free State / My Love for Endless Highways
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Kamhlushwa / Humans Living Passions – Community Enrichment from Within
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Krüger National Park / Safari Country
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Stellenbosch / Overly Indulgent
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Townships / 20 Years after Apartheid
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Western Cape / A Little Too Easy on the Eyes
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Addo Elephant Park / Self Drive Safaris

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Cape Town / The Disparity Nobody Talks about

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Coffee Bay / The Hassle of Getting Out of the Car Now

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Drakensberg Mountains / Day Hikes

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Eastern Cape / The Other Side of South Africa

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East London / Summer at the Children’s Home

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Free State / My Love for Endless Highways

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Kamhlushwa / Humans Living Passions – Community Enrichment from Within

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