Matt Donaldson   The theme weaving itself through our trip to South Africa thus far has been the blend of cultural backgrounds that make up the unique nation. The most tangible way to see the incredible diversity is through hearing the great mix of languages common to the region. South Africa has eleven official languages […]

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Chip Manush   Shortly after arriving in Johannesburg, while we were waiting for the porters to take our luggage to the bus, I stopped in a restroom in the airport. I walked to the end stall and without really paying attention, I walked in and locked the door. Then I turned around and to my […]

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Amy Lee   On Sunday, the first full day we were in Johannesburg, we toured the town and saw some museums. On our last stop we were able to shop at some local street vendors setups for a few minutes before getting back on the bus. I got to the last vendor and he was […]

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Claxton Fallen One of the first culture bumps I received was shortly after getting on the flight out of Dulles. I was used to receiving a safety and emergency procedures brief from a senior flight attendant. The South African Airlines brief started much the same way, then it was repeated in a language that I […]

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My first significant culture bump occurred at the entrance of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Our white tour guide Shane, handed me a museum entry ticket emblazoned with “Nie-Blankes/Non-Whites”, and directed me to the entrance for those who were not white. I was not prepared for the emotional turmoil of being segregated and told to […]

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Teresa Potina—Professor Gingiss; Professor Archer—English 4315, 16 April 2007 My culture bump occurred the night I went to my cousin Shelby’s sixteenth birthday party. She had invited many of her friends from her high school and her church youth group, including many boys around her same age. The precise moment of the bump was when […]

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Andrea Goatley— ENGL-4315—April 30, 2007 I was enjoying a rather typical visit with my grandparents last winter with the rest of my family when I inadvertently offended my grandparents during dinner. We had been passing some of my grandma’s specialties: green bean casserole, pot roast with potatoes and carrots, hominy and with cheese and of […]

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