The Colors of South Africa

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I am home, but I am missing the little girls of St George’s Home. And I miss Ed and Heather and my fellow volunteers.  But I also miss the feeling of South Africa…the thrill of the crashing waves, the ruggedness of the landscape, the wildness of the animals and the bush, the hipster vibe of Cape Town. I look back on my weeks in South Africa and I am grateful for the life I have in the USA. South Africa is a country with a painful history and it still has a long way to go.  But I choose to remember the beauty, the good people, the hopefulness. So as I close out my South Africa chapter, I’ll leave you with a quote and a pictorial sampling of the colors of South Africa. I hope you like them, and thank you for all of your comments over the last two months.

We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.” Nelson Mandela, Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994.

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5 thoughts on “The Colors of South Africa”

  1. KATHY!!!!! Kaiser told me of your retirement…how is THAT possible??!!! Then I saw a comment you posted on linkedIn with your blog hyperlink. What a wonderful plan you have to see and experience different communities, lifestyles and cultures this year. WOW!!!!!! I can’t wait to read of your next amazing adventure. Congrats and ENJOY 🙂 xoxo Nikki

    1. Nikki- so nice to hear from you! Yes – I retired July 4th….Independence Day! South Africa was awesome. I am packing these first two years full of adventures, and then I will take stock and plan the next phase. Where the heck are you? Boston? New York? Are you working?
      Kathy

      1. I am back in Boston – living in the suburbs. I just got engaged and we are getting married next September :)!!!

        I started my own technology reseller 2 yrs ago and have been having a lot of fun learning this new business and connecting with clients again. I serve on a few non profit boards and am considering a small publicly held bank board in NYC. Overall life is very good, and we are happy.

        I’m so thrilled for you — ENJOY your adventure and congrats!!!! xoxo nikki

  2. When my wife & I went to South Africa as part of my business school experience, we were struck by many of the same things. The vibrancy, the turmoil, and the willingness to talk openly about their past as a cathartic experience to move the country forward. Thanks for posting the pictures.

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