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    Eishhh, Gravity Won

    December 1, 2013

    On a Friday evening around 4pm under the clear blue sky I went for a bike ride. It was a beautiful day; the sun was shining as it pleased; with free obstruction from the clouds. The temperature was hovering around 0 degrees Celsius. Even though it was warmer than previous days, I could not take advantage of the sun to get vitamin D because I anticipated that by the time I return to my room the temperature would have gone below zero.    Read more...

  • Nationals

    The Waiting

    November 23, 2013

    On Sunday morning, November 17, 2013, I woke up and the first thing that came to my mind was NATIONALS. We had regionals on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at St Olaf and the men were 3rd and the women 4th. The question that I kept asking myself knowing well that I will get the answer by 1430hrs was, “did we make it to Nationals?” Desperately awaiting an answer, I kept refreshing the NCAA website.  Read more...

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    A day Without a Run

    November 17, 2013

    The season has not ended yet, but I have decided to start my recovery break in preparation for the track and field season in the spring. I decided to start my recovery break earlier than most of my teammates because I was really feeling exhausted and my legs were starting to hurt. I will be spending the next 14 days without a single run.  Read more...

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    Winter Make Me Want to Go Home

    November 9, 2013

    As the temperatures decrease, the force of gravity under my bed increases, my blanket’s weight increases making it hard for me to remove them in the morning and the distance from one building to the other increases dramatically too. As the temperature is dropping I am looking forward to hopping onto that plane and touching down in Swaziland in December. I have spent three winters here in the US and I am still not used to the winter. I say winter because it feels like winter to me not fall.  Read more...

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    It is Not the End of My Legs

    November 6, 2013

    After having a great cross country season last year, the projection for the 2013 season was high. I expected myself to set a new personal record on my conference race. However, that did not happen.  Read more...

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    Graduate School Applications

    October 26, 2013

    Before I was a senior, applying to graduate school seemed like a piece of cake. Now that I am a senior, graduate school applications are like another 4 credit subject.  Read more...

  • Siphamandla

    Eye Opener Dinner

    October 13, 2013

    Sometimes you never know what you are missing out until someone tells you about the benefits of being part of the group. Last year the Black Student Union (BSU) was shut down due to lack of interest from students. I was part of the group of students that were never interested in joining BSU until I attended the black alumni dinner.  Read more...

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    My Town Nhlangano

    October 7, 2013

    When people ask me, “when was the last time I was at home”, I always say when I left, that is 18 August, 2010.   Read more...

  • Hmmm

    The Last Mile

    September 28, 2013

    When it rains, it pours; that is how I sometimes feel about my first few weeks as a senior at Luther College.  Read more...

  • LCXC

    The Luther College Cross Country Train

    September 20, 2013

    After November 17, 2012 in Terre Haute, Ind the Luther College Cross Country train was broken down into pieces. The great Pasche engineers decided that it was time for the parts to be remodeled.  Read more...

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    Spring Cooking

    March 23, 2013

    It is that time of the year where one must either live by ordering food or cook. For me personally, I enjoying cooking but I wish someone would tell me what to cook.  Read more...

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    The Best Dream Ever

    March 19, 2013

    Tonight I had one of the two best dreams in my life. I dreamt that I went to visit my high school and saw my best friend Mathokoza Dlamini. We then went to town to buy food. At first we were confused on what to buy because we had not bought food together for a long time. I asked him if the beef soup was still being sold and he said yes. We decided to buy what we used to buy while we were in high school; potato fries, two loafs of bread and chicken. The super market, Spar, has expanded and they had big microwaves where you can warm your food if you think it is not warm enough. We decided to buy Macain baked fries, so we simple microwaved the fries and they were ready for our hungry stomachs. The next step was for me to find bread. I have not been in the store for about 2.5 years and it was being renovated. I walked all over the store but failed to find bread.  I had to ask one of the workers to help me finding it. When I got it, I got hungrier; Spar bread is the best bread I have ever eaten. It was warm and fresh from the oven. The smell made me to start salivating. Even though we had the money to buy soda this time, we decided not to. We were joking and laughing just like the good old days.  Read more...