Why travel teaches us to be afraid

My phone was vibrating in my back pocket. I knew any second now, it was going to start ringing.  Thrill, loud and untimely. “Don’t answer that“, the voice was certain and firm, if slightly unnerved. “What? Why? What do you mean?“, my heart started to beat faster and my pace quickened, I knew what was coming. “Not here, it’s not safe”, my student, my team member was now looking after me. I was terrified. I once spent a long and painful summer working in South Africa, I led a team of volunteers working on an NGO project in the centre of Durban. …

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