Elsa van der Byl: Hippos, Hotspots, and Homelands


This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 2nd Tuesday Vacation Station ‘Food Wine & Travel’ Show with IFWTWA features travel writer, author, tour guide, and educator Elsa van der Byl who discusses her new memoir “Hippos, Hotspots, and Homelands: An Educator’s Journey in South Africa during Apartheid and Beyond.”  Watch here in the YouTube player or download/listen to the podcast on SoundCloud or Podbean.

This compelling memoir describes Elsa van der Byl’s life in South Africa during apartheid, the transition to democracy, and the transformational period. As an educator, she worked with various cultural groups in the so-called homelands, experiencing student revolts, college closures, and being held hostage by students.

Readers are regaled with interesting incidents when, as choir director, Elsa promoted black cultural festivals and interaction with white institutions. Also interwoven are impartial political observations and coping with crime. She also shares her experiences, moving from the city to country towns, and finally living in the “bush”. More at https://travelswithelsa.com/

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