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Debunking myths about an Argentinian tradition: Mate

If you’ve ever spent any time in Argentina, you are most definitely aware of the mysterious, ever-present, drinkable force known as mate. More than just a loose tea infusion consumed from a hollow gourd and metal straw, mate is a social construct with its own set of rites and accepted behaviors, meant to be enjoyed […]

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Katie Arango posted in: Buenos Aires, Culture
8 Ways to Practice Responsible Tourism in Cape Town

Gone are the days of being fooled into buying things we don’t need! In the age of information, consumers are smarter than ever before. Not only are they smarter about their own needs but an increasing social and environmental awareness means that people are interested in the overall impact of their behavior. This influences the […]

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Eimear Costigan posted in: Cape Town, Social Impact
Top 10 Grossest Foods in the World

The one single best piece of travel wisdom out there is probably “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.“  But what if these particular Romans are dining on foods made of bugs, blood or questionable animal parts? Note: If you are especially squeamish, you might not want to read on.  Here’s a countdown of […]

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Katie Arango posted in: Culture
Green Light for Renewable Energy

South Africa has always been well-known for being rich in natural resources. Traditionally, we tend to think of natural resources in terms of minerals, but in the midst of an energy crisis, we cannot ignore the importance of wind and sunlight! Certain areas in South Africa are ideally positioned for the production of wind energy […]

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Talk of the Transition Town

When I first heard about the concept of a transition town, I pictured hippies with long, un-kept hair dancing barefoot around a fire, rejecting all forms of modern technology and anything synthetic or non-organic. Tie-dye, uncalled-for rebellion and just plain weird were the words that came to mind. I wasn’t ready to share ideologies with […]

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Language Challenges in South Africa

Salibonani, Molo, Avuwani, Sanibona, Hallo, Abusheni, Lumela, Thobela, Dumela, Hello, Sanibonani… Confused? Confused is exactly what South Africa is when it comes to language in education. With 11 official languages (you now know how to say ‘Hello’ in all 11 of them!), it is little wonder that one of the many challenges faced by the […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town, Culture, Education
Child Life: A Normal Boy

John*, a seven year old boy has been a patient at Red Cross Children’s Hospital for the past four years. John was initially treated for a flame injury when he was a toddler and has been seen on an outpatient basis ever since for therapy and reconstructive surgery. John is consistently accompanied by his mother […]

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Danielle Surprenant posted in: Cape Town, Health Care, Social Impact
The countdown is over…it is HERE!

And we have lift-off! Cape Town is awash with colour today, the first day of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa! Cars are covered in flags, driving around honking their horns, the sound of vuvuzuelas provides a constant background noise and the excitement is absolutely at fever pitch! Last night’s Cape Town Welcomes […]

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Eimear Costigan posted in: Cape Town, Culture
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