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More Feathers

More Feathers

When I wrote my first all-birds post a few months ago, I was still resisting labeling myself a full-fledged bird person. Bird-watchers don’t exactly have a rep for being people you want to hang out with. I think it was a Lilac Breasted Roller, the national bird of Botswana, that pushed me over the edge. … Continue reading

You again?

You again?

If you were reading this blog in March and April, you may remember that I extended my first tour of this trip largely because I couldn’t bring myself to pass up a second visit to the Okavango Delta. After that trip, I wrote that I could go there a hundred times and still be taken … Continue reading

Real Time

Real Time

In mid-June, when I was writing blog entries about places I’d been in mid-April, I promised myself that I would catch up before leaving Gaborone, and I came very close to succeeding — hence, the flood of new posts in late June. Then, I promised myself that I would blog at least once a week … Continue reading

How to say GCW

How to say GCW

From the same country (though not the same language) that brought you the !K sound, I present: How to Say Gcwihaba In case you’re wondering, Gcwihaba is the name of a group of caves in northern Botswana that are also home to some ancient rock paintings, although they are not as well-known as the ones … Continue reading

Mountain of the gods

Mountain of the gods

The Tsodilo Hills are located in a remote part of northwest Botswana, in the Kalahari Desert and near the Namibian border. Archeological excavations of the Hills and the area surrounding them indicate that Tsodilo’s human history dates back at least 100,000 years. The main inhabitants have been the !Kung and Hambukushu people, who consider Tsodilo … Continue reading

Road Tripping, Botswana-Style

Road Tripping, Botswana-Style

Over the past month or so, I’ve been getting out of Gaborone most weekends, so there have been a few road trips. The big one was a trip to the Tsodilo Hills that I took a few weeks ago. More about the Hills themselves in another post — just getting there and back was an … Continue reading

Toto, I don’t think we’re in the Hamptons anymore

Toto, I don’t think we’re in the Hamptons anymore

Scenes from some of this summer’s weekend getaways… Sunday afternoon with a friend’s family in Serowe, one of Botswana’s largest villages (more like a small town — actually, a large town by Botswana standards). Pumpkin and sorghum porridge — not my usual Sunday brunch, but yum. Bonfire and barbecue on the grounds of Khama Rhino … Continue reading

Extreme Showers

Extreme Showers

During the early days in Africa, I wrote a little bit about Extreme Reading. Now I think it’s time to share another, less sought-after experience that I’ve grown accustomed to: Extreme Showering. Anyone who has ever showered in the developing world knows that it’s hit-or-miss. I’ve had it pretty easy on this trip for the … Continue reading

Home sweet Gaborone

Home sweet Gaborone

I had planned to finish posting about my April travels before writing about life in Gaborone, but I’ve been here for almost a month now and still not caught up, so I figure it’s about time for an actual live update. Since early May, I’ve been living in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. Batswana … Continue reading