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Christmas in Khayelitsha Township, South Africa

Khayelitsha is one of the shanty towns that was established by the South African government under apartheid, and blacks were moved there from Cape Town in the 1950s. It’s inhabited by 1 to 1.5 million people. The infrastructure is poor; many people share public port-a-potties, many shacks don’t have running water, and most roads are [...]

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Scoping Out Cape Town

My landlord welcomed me to Cape Town by saying “welcome to the most beautiful city in the world”. I thought to myself, like a wanna-be smug Vancouverite, “I dunno, it seems nice, but it’s gonna be hard to beat Vancouver”. I stayed in Camps Bay for two weeks. It’s a super ritzy beach town on [...]

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Shark Diving in Gansbaai, South Africa

On Jan 1, 2008 I was chilling with Noah and Tim in Buenos Aires. The topic turned to facing fears in the new year, and I had a conversation with them that went something like this: Tim & Noah: Kareem, what fears are you going to face in 2008? Kareem: Well I’m kinda scared of [...]

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