After completing my schooling at 16 years in 2004 in South Africa, I obtained her RYA Skipper's License and took to the seas. I worked on private yachts in the Mediterranean for a year. This experience was richer than any conventional 'schooling' and it deepened my passions for global literature and cuisines. I completed a chef's training course in 2006 and travelled widely in New Zealand, working for a publishing company and lending a hand at a vineyard.
In 2007, I returned to South Africa to begin a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Rhodes University, which led me to Sydney in 2008 after I obtained a student exchange scholarship. Once I completed my BA, I travelled in 2010, spending half a year in Thailand, volunteering at an HIV/Aids orphanage, and the remaining half in India. It was at this time that I completed a Sivananda Yoga Teacher's Training certification and explored a variety of different yoga styles across Northern India.
My appetite for literature and diverse ideas led me to embark on a Master's degree in History in 2012. That same year, I held my first solo art exhibition at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, after which I set out to Kashmir, India and Palestine on a 5 month research trip. The experiences I encountered in Kashmir and Palestine had a lasting impact on my worldview. It was foundational in moulding a conscious and sincere awareness of the complex historical provenience of contemporary social injustices.
By the end of 2014, my MA research had expanded into the makings of a PhD. I graduated with a Doctorate in History in 2016 and the title of my dissertation was Ways of Seeing Over Time: The Construction and Imagination of 'Historic Separation' in Palestinian and Israeli Cultures.