Author Archives: Helen

Into the wild…

We’re just back from a week of travelling – exploring the Karoo and the Western Cape. The Karoo is a vast semi-desert region in the Northern and Western Cape. As some of you may know, Niall has something of a … Continue reading

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It’s the little things….

It’s strange how similar and yet completely different things are over here. Silly things stick out, really. Little differences? The KFC adverts make their customers appear trendy and chic. Everyone says ‘avo’ instead of avocado, and adds it liberally to … Continue reading

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Community matters

A quick overview of the area and community we’re living and working in. We’re living in an area called Crawford, Athlone – it was originally designated a ‘coloured’ township under the Group Areas Act, which split South African residential zones … Continue reading

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Chaos in the classroom

Our second week of school is nearly over, and I have a whole new level of sympathy for teachers. These teachers, certainly. I’ve got the library almost sorted – there’s not a huge amount more I can do without some … Continue reading

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Howzit?

We’ve been in Cape Town for just over a week now – just about starting to get the hang of things. We’re staying with a lovely family, Mr & Mrs Gool, in Crawford, Athlone, and working Monday to Friday in … Continue reading

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Why go back?

In one month’s time, I will be in South Africa. This is my fifth trip to the continent. It’s been nearly five years sine I’ve been in Africa – that trip, in Autumn 2007, was also to Cape Town and … Continue reading

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The non-runners’ perspective on a marathon

It is quite a humbling experience to watch someone run a marathon. Months of training, innumerable blisters and buckets of sweat going into one, long, LONG run. All kinds were running in Cork. Obvious beginners, holding back; seasoned competitors sporting … Continue reading

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