Views of South Africa — All Gorgeous

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Safe Landing

I returned yesterday from a month in South Africa. The distance traveled in that time boggles my mind as I wait for my soul to catch up with my body. I spent time in cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. I also traveled to remote places, tiny villages where I lived in people’s homes and got to experience a little of village life. I spent time in townships as well and ate more meat in four weeks than I have had for the past two years! I am on a vegetarian diet once again. Phew.

I am sure I will write about the trip in a future post, but I first wanted to give you some of the places that I saw. Of course South Africa is a complicated place with extreme wealth and extreme poverty. I felt like I toggled back and forth between these. The variety of toilets I encountered alone tells the story. For a few days I bonded with an outhouse in Limpopo province as I nursed my traveler’s tummy (something I got while staying in Kruger Park, not in the village itself.)

Nothing Like a Cape Town Audience

One of the highlights of my trip was a stop in Cape Town to visit friends but also to premiere my newest presentations: Taking Matters into our Own Hands–LGBTQ-Friendly bible stories. We had a huge turnout thanks to the efforts of the organizers, Good Hope MCC Church and Gender Dynamix.

The Sunday Times also ran a piece about the presentation which no doubt drew in some other folks. I have to say, there is nothing like a Cape Town audience! So engaged and quick and generous with their laughter and attention. I had a blast that is for sure.

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Coloring in the Village

I spent a few days in Mkhonjane village near the Ncome River in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Inspired by my friend Patti in Pretoria, I brought some coloring books along and joined three of the children in the homestead where I stayed for some daily coloring sessions. The village leaders want to encourage more visitors to the village.

You can see from the video how this rural setting can be a wonderful retreat. The community welcomed us now two different times. If you want to find out more about the village, let me know.

Some of the views I saw

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A view from Table Mountain in Cape Town

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I spent a delightful night in Barrydale with a very queer art collective: Magpie Art Collective

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A gorgeous view of Table Mountain from the deck of my friend, the artist, James Stroud

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A colorful view of Cape Town on a quiet Sunday afternoon

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An early morning dash into the water at St. Lucia, Kwazulu-Natal

 

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