About Ms. Christie-Blick

Ms. Christie-Blick is an elementary teacher in the South Orangetown Central School District in New York, USA. She is also and educational consultant, specializing in helping educators teach about climate change.

Good-Bye South Africa

This is my final posting for the South Africa blog. Surrounded by suitcases ready to be filled, it’s time to pack up belongings and memories and return to New York.

What a wonderful adventure this has been! As I look over the blog postings, I’m reminded of the welcoming school children, the dedicated educators and conservationists, the amazing animal life, and the natural beauty everywhere I looked. 

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It’s a sign!

I have a confession to make. Some people think it’s a bit strange. Some think it’s just plain weird. Let me see if I can explain it in a way that it will make sense to you.


I’m fascinated by road signs…. especially when I’m in a different country. Talking directly to me, they’re a reminder I’m no longer in New York. As Dorothy would say, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore”.

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Let’s be honest. American money is a little bit…..well, you know…..b-o-r-i-n-g. I mean, it’s all the same size, all the same color, the faces of the dead presidents aren’t that interesting to look at, are they? Take a look at the South African bills. Don’t you think they’re much more interesting?

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