Youth Day in Soweto

After spending two days in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa, we arrived back in Johannesburg on Sunday night. On Tuesday, none of us had work, due to Youth Day. On this national holiday in South Africa, people and students across the country celebrated a huge, influential anti-apartheid protest by students, which took place right here in Soweto (the […]

Passing the time in Pilanesberg

Although I spent my weekdays in South Africa recruiting and scheduling interviews with postpartum women and health care providers, I still had the freedom to travel on the weekends! During my second weekend, I enjoyed a trip to dusty Pilanesberg National Park with three other students interning/researching at the University of the Witswatersrand: Cynthia (from a university in […]

South African Travels: The Drakensberg Mountains

Before I started any interviews, I had a weekend to explore! On that first Friday, I traveled with Scott Mallen (Lawrence and Jan’s son) and a group of his fantastically hilarious friends down to the Drakensberg mountains, just along the northeastern border of Lesotho, to race in the first annual Oxpecker Trail Run. The Oxpecker Trail Run […]

Chillin’ in JNB

Several months before I set off on my circumnavigation, my academic mentor and unequivocally helpful advisor for this entire project, Professor Emily Mendenhall, introduced me to Lawrence and Jan Mallen via email. As they do for many other researchers and travellers working in the Johannesburg area, the Mallens generously opened their home to me for […]

Tunnel to Tunnel & The Airplane Bathroom

One sweet afternoon, I met up with my friends Enya Hennings (Ursuline High School alumna!) and Nate Hayes at London Waterloo, and took a bus with them to the Tunnel to Tunnel Music Festival at London Fields Brewhouse. I missed hearing Nate play due to an interview at the same time, but I could hardly […]

London Travels

Hello from Johannesburg! Don’t let the title confuse you…I arrived here, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the morning of June 2, after a too-short and surprisingly busy two weeks in London. Between scheduling interviews, traveling to every corner of London to conduct them (and, as I ran out of contacts, even just showing up at maternity […]

Zooming through Iceland!

Hello, everyone! This has been a whirlwind of a trip so far, and I’ve appreciated every moment of it! On May 14, I boarded a plane to Reykjavik, Iceland, setting off on the first leg of trip. Although I didn’t conduct formal interviews in my short, three-day stop in Iceland, I planned to learn as much as possible […]