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Connecting the Narratives of Slovakia, Hungary & China

[The following piece was published March 20, 2012, on The Mantle.] MASERU, Lesotho – Last week was one filled with nostalgia and melancholy. Li Yu survived the Wenzhou train crash. (Photo: mjj) From my new base in Lesotho, three other … Continue reading

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Postcard from Semonkong Falls

SEMONKONG, Lesotho — It took three hours of driving through the majestic, almost monotonously majestic, mountains of Lesotho, including the last 90 minutes bumping along unpaved roads. Oh, was it worth it. Semonkong — Sesotho for “The Place of Smoke” … Continue reading

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“The Help” … Lesotho-Style

[The following post was published Feb. 24, 2012, on The Mantle. Octavia Spencer of The Help went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.] MASERU, Lesotho – Living overseas, I sometimes fall out of touch with the latest … Continue reading

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Media Missionary of Maseru

[The following post was published Feb. 16, 2012, on The Mantle.] MASERU, Lesotho – My Hungarian in-laws didn’t take the news well. Hello, Basotho herders! Are you in need of journalism training? Perhaps help with your blogs? (Photo: mjj) It … Continue reading

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Free Love in the Free State

Frisky gemsbok, in the mood for love. (Photo: mjj) BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa — At the Bloemfontein Zoo, in the provincial capital of the Free State, we were disappointed to no longer have a chance to see Charlie, the nicotine-addicted chimp. … Continue reading

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To Charge, Or Not To Charge

Nice, white rhino. Heel, white rhino! (Photo: mjj) WILLEM PRETORIUS GAME RESERVE, South Africa — Among the perks of living in Lesotho are the day-trips — across hellaciously pot-holed highways — to see Big Game in neighboring South Africa. And … Continue reading

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When Road Work Is Welcome

She has a head for business: peddling peaches among traffic. (Photo: mjj) LADYBRAND, South Africa – An unexpected surprise about living here in Lesotho is that we’re also sampling small-town South Africa – within the agricultural “breadbasket” of Free State … Continue reading

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