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My 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip entry

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By hellohuman | Views [16] | Scholarship Entry

I was at the Tswaing Crater Gathering, an open air psy trance festival a couple of kilometers from a 200 000 year old crater in Pretoria. An amazing psychedelic festival in the middle of the harsh bushveld. Saturated UV hues contrasted against the alien ... Read more >

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Thu, 15 May 2014 | By elva_alushi | Views [14] | Scholarship Entry

It took thirty-six hours of air travel, six hours to drive to Knysna from Cape Town, one hour from there to Mossel Bay and a ten minute drive on the boat. I needed to see the bottom of the world so I could see life from its liquid depths. I am standing ... Read more >

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Photos: Nomad 2014

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By katja | Photo Gallery

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Skittle City

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By khumosebambo | Views [28] | Scholarship Entry

You can’t walk through the Bo-Kaap without confronting every colour found in a packet of skittles. As the Islamic outpost in Cape Town, you’d expect to find a meek area, instead what you find is quite the opposite—the Bo-Kaap is vibrant. Not just because ... Read more >

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An encounter in the sun

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By katja | Views [259]

My eyes are closed, heavy; weighed down by the sun pressing down and leaking in. It embraces me as I lie on the beach, perfectly happy. It was a long drive here to George, over the mountains from my own dry little town, but it was undoubtedly worth ... Read more >

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The first time I ever saw a mass grave site

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By andile | Views [28] | Scholarship Entry

The first time I saw a mass gravesite; a fertile expanse marred by hundreds of the most beautiful startling white cairns against naturally manicured South African land, was the last time I listened to my fears. There was something ominous about the ... Read more >

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The invisible colour within the rainbow nation of

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By iulia | Views [47] | Scholarship Entry

On my way to Hermanus, I had the chance to meet Tabani, a young black man, short and thin, with his eyes wide open to everything and everyone around him. He was a character himself: despite his small appearance, he used grand gestures and made jokes every ... Read more >

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My first time

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By tebello | Views [20] | Scholarship Entry

Significant days. Let us reflect on a few of these 'red-letter days' : There is the year 1886 - when gold was discovered in Johannesburg; making the city rich. In 1994 South Africa held its first democratic election , and then there was 2005 October ... Read more >

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Nostalgia

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By gilly_b | Views [31] | Scholarship Entry

The moon was waxing as we leaned over the railing separating us from the swelling black tides of the Kowie River Mouth, and the twin piers rose out before us like slate coloured sentinels guarding the gates to the earth. It was a summer alive with ... Read more >

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Snapshot of a Stranger

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By robynporteous | Views [27] | Scholarship Entry

The mist swirls in from the Atlantic as the foghorn gives its lovely, lonely cry. It snags on Signal Hill and unravels. I know that the ethereal light of dusk will turn into a salty mist at night and make yellow halos around the streetlights, turning ... Read more >

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A Tale of Two Cape Towns

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By joannak | Views [35] | Scholarship Entry

My host mother, Molaba, had just celebrated her 60th year in Langa. Langa was a neglected neighborhood, a tin roof and chain link township established in the apartheid era, far removed from the thriving, elegant heart of Cape Town. Molaba would always ... Read more >

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Opening a world of discovery

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By adventuresofdaniellefarinha | Views [22] | Scholarship Entry

It started as a day trip through the Cradle of Human Kind. I came across a sign that said "Lesedi Cultural Village this way". I decided to follow the sign to see what it was about. As I arrived I was intrigued by the vibrant colours of the village entrance, ... Read more >

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Rage&History

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By rebaone | Views [22] | Scholarship Entry

Thankfully my 1st trip to the big city wasn't when I was still convinced that the trees were the ones moving instead of the vehicle, for my focus would have been on unrealistic things and hostile ideas.I Was 11 years old and travelling with my aunt to ... Read more >

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Singular experiences of life

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By nogan | Views [18] | Scholarship Entry

I believe that kindness is the way to the truth. That kindness allows one to find that which is usually hidden. What I mean by this is that if I want an Indonesian fisherman to share his life with me, I must be kind. Kindness is most often returned in ... Read more >

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Drums full of soul

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By little_everydays | Views [34] | Scholarship Entry

“Many people that come here are empty,” were the first words I heard when I decided to break routine and join a djembe* drum circle session. I work from Monday to Friday, at a 9-5pm internship that has afforded me the opportunity to learn a lot about ... Read more >

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