||[Aug. 7th, 2014|10:12 am]
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For those of you who don't know me, My name is Mary Afton. This is a Southern double name like Mary Catherine or Jo Ann. No hyphen. I was named after Afton, Virginia where my parents bought their first house, and yes I had to explain this every time a teacher would call roll-call in a new class. When teased I've been called Mary Afganistan and Mary Africa. The latter turned out to be quite appropriate as I now live in Bethlehem, South Africa.
I started this journal in 2010 when I studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa. However, after a period of not using the account, it was deleted and purged. So, I'm going to start again from scratch. I grew up in the little town of York, South Carolina and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Winthrop University. In my second year at Winthrop, two of my roommates decided that they were going to study abroad and encouraged me to do the same. So, I ventured out to South Africa where I fell in love, got married two years later and then yes, immigrated to Africa.