Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa »

I took this photo at the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Table Mountain is famous for its views over Cape Town and Robin Island (where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner during Apartheid) at sunrise and sunset. The group I was with had planned on taking a gondola to […]

Backpacking to Lubanzi, South Africa »

One of my most memorable experiences abroad in South Africa was our hike to a village called Lubanzi from Coffee Bay. We packed our backpacks with a week full of gear, loaded the rental car and started the eight hour drive to Coffee Bay. We did not have any concrete plans as to where we […]

Table Mountain in Cape Town »

This is a photograph of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. I took this picture during the tail end of a weeklong adventure to Cape Town with several close friends, one month before I would hop on a plane and spend 44 grueling hours traveling home. It was an exceptionally cold and windy day […]

Desensitization and discomfort » This blog entry captures some of the feelings that seemed to be recurring throughout my stay in South Africa. Struggling with my need to push myself to actively engage outside of the Rhodes University “bubble” and my common feelings of discomfort shaped my experience abroad and helped transform the way I think and engage […]