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Entries Tagged as 'Africa'

The “Real” Nairobi

August 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights

I recently started reading and enjoying the blog called “Sociological Images,” which I find to be provocative and insightful. But a recent post by Lisa Wade gave me pause. From the post: Sadie M. sent in an example of the reproduction of the idea that “Africa” is an arid, desolate place where nature still dominates [...]

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Where Won’t You Go?

June 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Betty, Novelty, The point of travel

I have a friend who is a hard core traveler. She’s been to South Korea and Qatar and Kenya and lived in Hong Kong and, well, you get the picture. Her travel experience, and the fact that she’s hilarious and laid back, is why I chose her to go to South Africa with me. She [...]

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African Safari by Toyota Corolla. I’m Not Joking.

June 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty

Going on an African safari conjures up romantic visions such as this, yes? But if you’ve never planned one before, it can feel completely overwhelming, and out of control expensive. A lot of the pre-packaged tours are not for people like me. They range from $5,000-$20,000, and that doesn’t include the cost of actually getting [...]

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South African Township Tours: Cultural Exchange or a Trip to the Human Zoo?

May 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Africa, Blog posts by Betty, Urban archipelagos

When you land at Cape Town’s International Airport, you must travel for miles along a highway where people live in the most despicable of conditions. It doesn’t take a social scientist to realize that tin shacks and no plumbing equal violence and disease. Women and children line the highway watching the cars zoom by. It’s [...]

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South Africa: Stunningly Beautiful with an Intense Past…and Present

May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Betty, Novelty, Recommended sights

The World Cup is exactly one month away, and this means that soon South Africa, and all of its beauty and problems, will once again take center stage on the international playing field. I was there about a year ago, and it was my first time on the Continent. Before this trip, I had been [...]

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Way Beyond the Couchette

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Transportation bliss

Betty knows I’m obsessed with train travel, so a photo slideshow on the world’s fanciest train cabins is right up my alley.  I get excited about train stations and virtual train rides, so clearly some tricked-out hooptie of a private train cabin was going to take me to my happy place. As I flipped through [...]

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Travel Movies We Love: The Africa Movie without Meryl Streep

March 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Travel Movies We Love

#10. Nowhere in Africa (2001) I was immediately transported the first time I saw Out of Africa. Meryl Streep, vast swaths of the Serengeti. Robert Redford. What’s not to love? It immediately made me want to go to the continent. The problem, unfortunately, is that because it came out in 1985, it now feels very [...]

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