Living with (More) Surprises

Do you ever feel that you’ve had to learn the same lessons repeatedly? I learn the don’t-make-promises-before-you-know-what-you’re-getting-into lesson over and over again. When it happens every time, it shouldn’t be…

Photographer: Aimee Remani

The Water Warrior: Sheree Ann Marinus

Water.  Can you imagine a world without water?  It’s hard to believe, but that’s where we’re heading.  That is where Africa is heading.  That is where South Africa is heading….

Marathon Tourism

Since 2006, “running a marathon” has also come to mean “travel excuse.” In fact, I cannot imagine myself running a marathon (whether half or full) in a town I’ve been…

How to be a Cheapskate… Overseas

I’m a cheapskate.  Honestly.  For many people, the words cheapskate and traveling have no place beside one another in a sentence, but I’ve made it work, and have made it…

Makeup

Faia comes up behind me, close. You can smell the cologne he’s wearing. It’s an athlete’s cologne, a small spritz and it’s like he’s freshly showered. A cologne of physical…

You’re Ugly!

Prologue: When a guy considers himself a feminist, he faces a lot of challenges no matter what culture he is in. I’d say there are even more challenges for straight…

Saying Goodbye

By Beth December 17, 2009 On my last full day in São Tomé, the sun is blazing. My boyfriend, Kilson, and I spend the day at the beach, swimming off…

35,000 Dobras

By Beth “35,000 dobras????”  Kilson looks at me in disgust. “Can you believe that?” I’m out getting beers with Kilson and his cousin and they are in absolute shock over…

Boleia!

By Beth “Boleia!” the men shout to me from the sides of the road as I whiz by on my blue Suzuki motorcycle. This is how you flag down a…

Culturally Illiterate

By Beth I set my notebook down on the table in front of the teachers. Today is our day to review the computer program that we have developed, to look…

Sempre Fixe

By Beth Greetings are important in São Tomé. You cannot enter a room without greeting every single person in it, whether it’s a handshake, a kiss, a hello, whatever. Sometimes…