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Amy and Colin Pappajohn

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9/3/2013 11:15:38 AM - 007010541287
Amy/Colin: I have moved on from WSU. I am now at Stony Brook University on Long Island (NY). My new email address: raul.sanchez@stonybrook.edu
4/8/2012 1:50:58 PM - 004091663348
Great site....keep the pictures and text coming! And...Happy Easter! Maureen
3/30/2012 6:06:09 PM - 004091663348
Add me to your info list!
3/10/2012 5:59:17 PM - 004087772917
You guys look so happy together...Its obvious that your wanderlust feeds your love and vice versa.
Love, Aunt Carol
1/5/2012 2:49:05 AM - 004075536393
We absolutely loved having you guys for Thanksgiving...and I made Amy's family cranberry pie for Christmas, which was almost as good as Amy's creation! Love you Aunt Jan
10/18/2010 9:47:27 PM - 002018442549
keep the pics coming
10/18/2010 9:46:20 PM - 002018442549
meet you on skype
Paula
10/18/2010 9:44:25 PM - 002018442549
I will try however I'm working 3 jobs and is a poor as a church mouse. But thinking of you just the same. Paula
10/16/2010 9:16:00 AM - 003050724056
Yup. Our skype address is "colin.pappajohn"
7/23/2010 6:19:18 PM - 002018442549
Do you guys use skype??
paula
1/28/2010 1:02:22 PM - 003016966529
Colin and Amy,
It sounds like you two are relatively settled amidst your adventure!! God bless...- will be contacting you by other means- Aunt Carol
12/20/2009 6:16:04 PM - 002018442549
jackie its the "Black eyed p's" very clever
Paula
12/4/2009 6:57:27 PM - 002074374440
Great pics. While looking at your pictures it occurred to me that I never found out what you were for your Halloween party. Then I soon got my answer " TWO BLACK EYED PEAS". Quite clever you guys! As you probably already guessed your Dad appreciated it also, since it had his sense of humor.

Love ya,
Mom
11/22/2009 5:01:36 PM - 002067404805
New Years in Namibia..sounds beachy!!! What plans for Thanksgiving? Christmas? Boxing Day...?? Other special days...??
11/19/2009 10:30:11 PM - 003000464532
You two are so amazing. I miss you! Happy turkey day next week! cheryl
9/22/2009 10:17:43 PM - 002018442549
Oh the animals look great so do the flowers. Great memories for a life time to share with each other..... carry on.... Love aunt paula
9/12/2009 3:14:01 AM - 002074374440
Love all of your new pics of you, Sisi, and the flowers. Thanks for sharing. Love, Mom
9/8/2009 4:32:03 PM - 002087710665
Hey this is Joan. It's been a while. Hope you are enjoying your time in Africa. Love your pics...they are so nice. Well hope to hear from you soon.
Take care
8/12/2009 5:14:50 PM - 002018442549
Sorry we have not commented yet due to a tech. glitch. But, hopefully it is resolved. We love getting all the updates and keep them coming.........Always interested in whats happening with you both...Love, Aunt Paula
7/20/2009 9:43:10 PM - 002074374440
It is so good to hear your kitty has turned out to be a great lap cat. Also to hear it
learned how to use the kitty litter box in one day. You are fortunate to find such a nice cat and a smart one too. Dad shared your text message about the baboon attack. We were wondering if you got a video like your geese attack. We just saw a raccoon from my office window. He was climbing a tree to get some cherries and fell out of it. Even though it fell a distance it appears to be doing just fine. Of course Baby was very interested in the raccoon and your Dad rescued her.
Love and miss you, Mom and Dad
7/8/2009 7:18:33 PM - 002074374440
Just love seeing your pictures and appreciated seeing the captions. What a great idea and also i am glad to hear they are written on the back of the printed pictures. Fantastic smiles. Love, Mom
4/30/2009 5:39:18 PM - 002067610624
Have been hearing about this for a long time and now you are there. This may be one of the best stories I will get to tell about people I actually know. You are constantly in our thoughts as we watch the No. 1 Ladies Detctive Agency. Loran and Rochelle
4/29/2009 5:41:25 PM - 002066794511
I've been watching the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency on HBO which takes place in- of all places- Gaborone, Botswana! They are always drinking "Bush Tea" and it sounds delicious. If you find out what it is, will you let me know? :)
4/27/2009 7:11:13 AM - 002058822396
You're in freaking Africa!!!
4/21/2009 5:20:18 AM - 002033903790
Amy & Colin,
It worked. I added the pictures for your site. Hope that you enjoy them.
Love,
Mom
4/9/2009 6:18:00 PM - 002063580496
Hi,
Thanks for puttitng me on your list.
It is going to be really exciting to see what you do and all the places you will get to see. In anticipation, Denise
4/6/2009 9:19:02 PM - julieanneulrich@...
Can I reply to this email address? I guess I'll find out! Hope you have some spare time on the 17th to do a bit of birthday celebrating- I'm sure there are plenty of fun things you could do around DC. Can't wait to see pictures and find out more about your adventures!

Julie
2/21/2009 12:43:18 AM - 002058822396
Where can I get some of those antennae?!
10/15/2008 3:24:42 PM - 002034735605

Hi Mr. and Mrs. Pappajohn,

I got your thank you card. You two look so great on your wedding pictures. I guess I start to miss both of you and everything we had spent in the past one year. The weather is great now in Taiwan since the fall is coming and the weather is getting cooler and more comfortable. Miss you guys and miss the life in Pullman.

10/7/2008 8:13:50 PM - 002033903790

Great pics you two.

I am looking forward to seeing some of the half marathon pictures on here. Great time with you two.

Love,

Mom

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Malaysia - Underwater

Scuba Diving - First Dive
Scuba Diving - First Dive
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Snorkeling
Snorkeling
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Glitter Top
Glitter Top
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Fish Eating From Side of Rock (you can hear this underwater)
Fish Eating From Side of Rock (you can hear this underwater)
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Colin Propeller
Colin Propeller
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Colin
Colin
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Rainbow Fishies
Rainbow Fishies
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Thumbs up to breathing underwater
Thumbs up to breathing underwater
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Colin apparently doesn
Colin apparently doesn
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Where
Where
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IMG_0045
IMG_0045
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Gettin
Gettin
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How many fish?
How many fish?
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Scuba Diving - Second Dive
Scuba Diving - Second Dive
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ZZZOOOOMMMM
ZZZOOOOMMMM
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IMG_0081
IMG_0081
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Your junk is another ocean
Your junk is another ocean
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STOP CRAPPIN
STOP CRAPPIN
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IMG_0091
IMG_0091
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This guy/gal swims with his/her eyes closed
This guy/gal swims with his/her eyes closed
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IMG_0096
IMG_0096
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Underwater Dragon!!
Underwater Dragon!!
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IMG_0109
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Male Genitalia Fish
Male Genitalia Fish
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Bubbles!
Bubbles!
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Dive training sight
Dive training sight
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Underwater Rumba, perhaps?
Underwater Rumba, perhaps?
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Independent
Independent
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More trash...
More trash...
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Pirates
Pirates
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IMG_0144
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Many Fish
Many Fish
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IMG_0149
IMG_0149
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Honeycomb Moray Eel
Honeycomb Moray Eel
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Honeycomb Moray Eel
Honeycomb Moray Eel
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Just an awesome photo
Just an awesome photo
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School
School
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Malaysia - Plants and Animals

Happiest Cat Alive
Happiest Cat Alive
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That
That
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A flower that people use for food coloring
A flower that people use for food coloring
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So many tall trees
So many tall trees
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Tangled
Tangled
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IMG_1051
IMG_1051
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BABY TURTLES
BABY TURTLES
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Vines in the Jungle
Vines in the Jungle
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Monkey Prints
Monkey Prints
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Penang Cat
Penang Cat
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Orchid Roots
Orchid Roots
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One of my favorite flowers
One of my favorite flowers
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Starting to bloom
Starting to bloom
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Dragon Orchid
Dragon Orchid
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IMG_1219
IMG_1219
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That tree got balls
That tree got balls
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Thoughts
Thoughts
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Got a monkey on your back?
Got a monkey on your back?
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Sidewalk Monkey
Sidewalk Monkey
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Dried up river bed - Hiking off trail is always a bad idea
Dried up river bed - Hiking off trail is always a bad idea
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Distant
Distant
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My first bee sting ever. Never hike off trail. Stinger was still stuck in there.
My first bee sting ever. Never hike off trail. Stinger was still stuck in there.
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Penang Botanical Gardens
Penang Botanical Gardens
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Penang Botanical Gardens
Penang Botanical Gardens
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Python anyone?
Python anyone?
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He
He
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When in Malaysia
When in Malaysia
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Penang Botanical Garden
Penang Botanical Garden
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This is why you should always put your trash in the trash can and not next to it
This is why you should always put your trash in the trash can and not next to it
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Stand-off
Stand-off
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Don
Don
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Sunbathing Ferry Cat
Sunbathing Ferry Cat
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Flutterby
Flutterby
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Male (left) kept following female (right) - Drama ensued
Male (left) kept following female (right) - Drama ensued
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Third cat in the distance
Third cat in the distance
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Salang Beach, Tioman Island
Salang Beach, Tioman Island
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Salang Beach, Tioman Island
Salang Beach, Tioman Island
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Walk down from our chalet
Walk down from our chalet
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One clawed crabs
One clawed crabs
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Anyone else think that this is Colin
Anyone else think that this is Colin
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She jumped right up on Colin
She jumped right up on Colin
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Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard
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Salang Beach, Tioman Island
Salang Beach, Tioman Island
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Salang Beach, Tioman Island
Salang Beach, Tioman Island
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Salang Beach, Tioman Island
Salang Beach, Tioman Island
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Proof that our cat
Proof that our cat
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Kitten Love
Kitten Love
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I was ready to pack this kitten in my carry on
I was ready to pack this kitten in my carry on
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Jungle trees are amazing
Jungle trees are amazing
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Picked up a shell and it was a home
Picked up a shell and it was a home
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Colin in a tree :)
Colin in a tree :)
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Monkey Search
Monkey Search
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Trail
Trail
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IMG_1691
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Lizard Hiding
Lizard Hiding
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Dock Cat
Dock Cat
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At the Johor Bahru Airport. Zoom in and read for full effect of laughter
At the Johor Bahru Airport. Zoom in and read for full effect of laughter
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Malaysia - People and Food

My impression of Amelia Earhart
My impression of Amelia Earhart
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Curry Laksa
Curry Laksa
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On the bus to Melaka
On the bus to Melaka
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Helpful people everywhere in Malaysia
Helpful people everywhere in Malaysia
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IMG_0804
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Chicken Rendang
Chicken Rendang
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Satay
Satay
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Melaka Laksa
Melaka Laksa
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IMG_0825
IMG_0825
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Foot Friendship Triangle
Foot Friendship Triangle
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That rock hurt my toe
That rock hurt my toe
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IMG_0869
IMG_0869
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IMG_0876
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Nazlina
Nazlina
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Ingredients for 2 different types of curries
Ingredients for 2 different types of curries
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IMG_0931
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Tasting palm sugar
Tasting palm sugar
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Final stir on the first dish
Final stir on the first dish
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Starting dish #2
Starting dish #2
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Pineapple stirfry with masala
Pineapple stirfry with masala
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Nasi Kunyit - Turmeric Coconut Rice (Best rice I
Nasi Kunyit - Turmeric Coconut Rice (Best rice I
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Gulai Ayam Kampung - Chicken curry (Malay style)
Gulai Ayam Kampung - Chicken curry (Malay style)
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Final Product
Final Product
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Wan Tan Mee - Noodles, BBQ pork, dark soy sauce, mustard greens, green chilies.
Wan Tan Mee - Noodles, BBQ pork, dark soy sauce, mustard greens, green chilies.
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Street Vendor Hot Pocket - Yam Flavored
Street Vendor Hot Pocket - Yam Flavored
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Mango Juice = Pureed Mango + Ice
Mango Juice = Pureed Mango + Ice
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Yam hot pocket vendor
Yam hot pocket vendor
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Wan Tan Mee Vendor - This woman was very popular
Wan Tan Mee Vendor - This woman was very popular
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Penang National Forest with Tori
Penang National Forest with Tori
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IMG_1052
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IMG_1056
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Why not eat BBQ duck from a can?
Why not eat BBQ duck from a can?
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Showing Body Love - First photo ever in a two piece
Showing Body Love - First photo ever in a two piece
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A Favorite
A Favorite
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A Peace Corps Reunion - Malaysia
A Peace Corps Reunion - Malaysia
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Showing how much I love the thrashing boat taxi
Showing how much I love the thrashing boat taxi
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Top (clockwise): Penang Laksa, Cendol, and Penang Rojak
Top (clockwise): Penang Laksa, Cendol, and Penang Rojak
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Infamous Penang Assam Laksa- Fish broth, lemongrass, chilies, tamarind, rice ver
Infamous Penang Assam Laksa- Fish broth, lemongrass, chilies, tamarind, rice ver
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Tori and I digging into our fishballs (like a fish chicken nugget)
Tori and I digging into our fishballs (like a fish chicken nugget)
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KICKAPOO?
KICKAPOO?
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Rootbeer from a vending machine - AMAZING
Rootbeer from a vending machine - AMAZING
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Colin posing for a picture
Colin posing for a picture
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Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit
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Jackfruit
Jackfruit
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Malaysian Bus Diversity
Malaysian Bus Diversity
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Char Koay Teow - Flat rice noodles, garlic, prawns, sprouts, soy sauce, egg, chi
Char Koay Teow - Flat rice noodles, garlic, prawns, sprouts, soy sauce, egg, chi
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Chinese donut and dessert
Chinese donut and dessert
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DIM SUM - So unbelievably amazing
DIM SUM - So unbelievably amazing
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Dim Sum Restaurant
Dim Sum Restaurant
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Egg Custard Tart
Egg Custard Tart
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Dim Sum Fried Food Cart
Dim Sum Fried Food Cart
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Durian Fruit- Oh the smell….
Durian Fruit- Oh the smell….
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Trishaw Driver (David) and Us
Trishaw Driver (David) and Us
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Street Art Fun
Street Art Fun
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Oh Durian - We tried it.
Oh Durian - We tried it.
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Traditional deep fried malaysian snack
Traditional deep fried malaysian snack
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The best beer in Malaysia
The best beer in Malaysia
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Sizzling bean curd (soft tofu dumplings)
Sizzling bean curd (soft tofu dumplings)
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Devil Prawns (not spicy like advertised)
Devil Prawns (not spicy like advertised)
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Korean girl with smartphone meets annoyed baby waiting for the ferry
Korean girl with smartphone meets annoyed baby waiting for the ferry
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Ferry Terminal Life
Ferry Terminal Life
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Green chicken curry
Green chicken curry
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Fresh BBQ Squid
Fresh BBQ Squid
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BBQ Fish
BBQ Fish
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Grilled Veggies!
Grilled Veggies!
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The Grillmaster
The Grillmaster
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Um yes it was delicious
Um yes it was delicious
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BBQ Restaurant Scene - Salang Beach, Tioman Island
BBQ Restaurant Scene - Salang Beach, Tioman Island
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And what do I find at a duty free shop on a little pacific island?
And what do I find at a duty free shop on a little pacific island?
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Roti Canai with egg and cheese - Dip it in a little curry - BEST BREAKFAST
Roti Canai with egg and cheese - Dip it in a little curry - BEST BREAKFAST
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Our Ode to Malaysia
Our Ode to Malaysia
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Last night in paradise
Last night in paradise
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Left (clockwise): Bosnian/Australian, Malaysian, Russian, Malaysian, Dutch, Germ
Left (clockwise): Bosnian/Australian, Malaysian, Russian, Malaysian, Dutch, Germ
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PULPY? Tickle your taste buds
PULPY? Tickle your taste buds
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Poor Aquafina
Poor Aquafina
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Expensive Beer: ~$11/pint of Tiger Beer (similar quality to Budweiser)
Expensive Beer: ~$11/pint of Tiger Beer (similar quality to Budweiser)
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Malaysia - Beaches and Scenery

Melaka River
Melaka River
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Tricked out Trishaws
Tricked out Trishaws
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Wedding shoot? Model shoot?
Wedding shoot? Model shoot?
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St. Paul
St. Paul
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May He Rest in Peace
May He Rest in Peace
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Deserted Art Gallery
Deserted Art Gallery
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Back of deserted art gallery
Back of deserted art gallery
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Night view from our apartment in Kuala Lumpur
Night view from our apartment in Kuala Lumpur
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Morning view of Kuala Lumpur
Morning view of Kuala Lumpur
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One of several street art displays around Georgetown
One of several street art displays around Georgetown
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Hindu Temple
Hindu Temple
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Nazlina
Nazlina
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Sitting on the dock of the bay...
Sitting on the dock of the bay...
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Storm a brewin
Storm a brewin
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Styrofoam Rock
Styrofoam Rock
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IMG_1097
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IMG_1113
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IMG_1115
IMG_1115
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Shipwreck
Shipwreck
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Chinatown
Chinatown
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Contrast
Contrast
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Street Art - Georgetown
Street Art - Georgetown
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Temple Pillars
Temple Pillars
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Nightfall
Nightfall
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Brilliant Street Art
Brilliant Street Art
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Jetty Clanhouse - All on water
Jetty Clanhouse - All on water
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Bright green blob = Neighboring Clan
Bright green blob = Neighboring Clan
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View from the jetty
View from the jetty
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Clan Temple on the Jetty
Clan Temple on the Jetty
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Trishaw Travel - They rule the road
Trishaw Travel - They rule the road
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Little India - Georgetown
Little India - Georgetown
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Sunrise
Sunrise
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Sunrise from the airplane
Sunrise from the airplane
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Just below the clouds
Just below the clouds
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Warning sign on the door of our hotel - Look up Durian if you don
Warning sign on the door of our hotel - Look up Durian if you don
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Bear Down Again
Bear Down Again
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View from our chalet
View from our chalet
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Low tide - Salang Beach, Tioman Island
Low tide - Salang Beach, Tioman Island
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Our chalet was the brown one, front row, on the left
Our chalet was the brown one, front row, on the left
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Moon
Moon
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Monkey Beach
Monkey Beach
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This is where your waterbottles end up
This is where your waterbottles end up
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Electrical wire - We had to duck and dive around low lying electrial wire to go
Electrical wire - We had to duck and dive around low lying electrial wire to go
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More trash….
More trash….
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Nature always wins
Nature always wins
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Malaysian Pride
Malaysian Pride
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He
He
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Seriously
Seriously
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KOREA BEGINS!

At SEATAC Airport....
At SEATAC Airport....

Notice the slight 'detour' we had to take around a certain northern neighbor's airspace
Notice the slight 'detour' we had to take around a certain northern neighbor's airspace

Only a few hours into the flight....
Only a few hours into the flight....

Amazing buffet for all the teachers!! Probably some of the best sushi we've ever had...
Amazing buffet for all the teachers!! Probably some of the best sushi we've ever had...

Quite the rusty outdoor elliptical
Quite the rusty outdoor elliptical
In Cheongju
Main entrance lobby area of our school
Main entrance lobby area of our school

Looking from the lobby towards the Safari classroom
Looking from the lobby towards the Safari classroom

Safari Classroom!
Safari Classroom!

'Saturn' Classroom
'Saturn' Classroom

A few of our late afternoon 5-6 year old students
A few of our late afternoon 5-6 year old students

Few of our 5-6 year old students....pig tails!
Few of our 5-6 year old students....pig tails!

English Village- center stage!!
English Village- center stage!!

English Village - Immigration and Bank of Korea
English Village - Immigration and Bank of Korea

English Village - Airplane
English Village - Airplane

English Village - Market
English Village - Market

English Village - Beauty Shop, Fire Station, Store and Police Station
English Village - Beauty Shop, Fire Station, Store and Police Station

'English Village' Classroom
'English Village' Classroom
Real airplane chairs
Teachers Room - Our workspace
Teachers Room - Our workspace

1.8 liters = 60oz = $4 = Pretty Awesome
1.8 liters = 60oz = $4 = Pretty Awesome

End to our first night out in Seoul (capital city) with our dear friend Sadie- TACO BELL
End to our first night out in Seoul (capital city) with our dear friend Sadie- TACO BELL

Chocolate Cheetos!
Chocolate Cheetos!
No cheese in them

Morocco Madness

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Glorious Ghana

Leah's first task upon arriving in Botswana
Leah's first task upon arriving in Botswana
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Leah and Colin standing on top of 2.5 million year old rocks!
Leah and Colin standing on top of 2.5 million year old rocks!
Otse, Botswana
Our luxury room in Johannesburg, South Africa
Our luxury room in Johannesburg, South Africa
We did light a fire in that fireplace
Amy behind bar pouring herself a glass of wine
Amy behind bar pouring herself a glass of wine
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Shock and awe about Amy's mad dancin' skilz
Shock and awe about Amy's mad dancin' skilz
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Safety Pin-Nelson Mandela was happy to meet Colin
Safety Pin-Nelson Mandela was happy to meet Colin
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Check that out!
Check that out!
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Rough life
Rough life
Accra, Ghana
Oceanside in Accra
Oceanside in Accra
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Football everywhere!!
Football everywhere!!
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Colin sporting his Ghanaian pride
Colin sporting his Ghanaian pride
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Fishing village
Fishing village
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Dinner with Yaw
Dinner with Yaw
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We made friends during our 5 hour wait for the bus
We made friends during our 5 hour wait for the bus
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Lots of new friends!
Lots of new friends!
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Sea of Mangoes!
Sea of Mangoes!
At local bus station at 10:30pm...still hoppin'!
Ostrich!
Ostrich!
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Careful Leah...careful....he/she looks hungry
Careful Leah...careful....he/she looks hungry
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Nana's meeting place
Nana's meeting place
We were welcomed to Nana's village, Bamboi, with a traditional ceremony here
Buying lunch
Buying lunch
Best avocados you've ever had in your life..ok...Malawi might have been better
Our welcome ceremony with dancing
Our welcome ceremony with dancing
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Steve dancing it up!
Steve dancing it up!
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How many kids can you fit on a bike?
How many kids can you fit on a bike?
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Morning coffee
Morning coffee
Yes we sucked the coffee out of the corner of a plastic bag...it actually worked really well. Maybe Starbucks should take note...
Primary school classroom
Primary school classroom

Leah teaching students Ultimate Frisbee!
Leah teaching students Ultimate Frisbee!
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They loved it!
They loved it!
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Where's Colin?
Where's Colin?
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Talking to some teachers about the rules of the game
Talking to some teachers about the rules of the game
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Follow the leader....
Follow the leader....
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View from hostel in Kumasi, Ghana
View from hostel in Kumasi, Ghana
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Square peg in a round hole
Square peg in a round hole
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Largest outdoor market in west africa
Largest outdoor market in west africa
Kumasi, Ghana
Fresh coconut milk/water
Fresh coconut milk/water
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Who knew this became so popular in the US while we were gone?
Who knew this became so popular in the US while we were gone?
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With our lovely host and his family in Kumasi
With our lovely host and his family in Kumasi
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Great picture
Great picture
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Our traveling gang
Our traveling gang
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:)
:)
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This is how enthusiastic I was all the time
This is how enthusiastic I was all the time
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BEST sandwich: cucumber, banana, and fresh ground peanut butter!!
BEST sandwich: cucumber, banana, and fresh ground peanut butter!!
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Brotherly and sisterly love
Brotherly and sisterly love
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Next stop: Elmina, Ghana
Next stop: Elmina, Ghana
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Got caught in a little rainstorm...great time to stop and have a local beer
Got caught in a little rainstorm...great time to stop and have a local beer
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Delicious meal on the ocean
Delicious meal on the ocean
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View from our hotel room in Elmina
View from our hotel room in Elmina
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Visiting Elmina slave castle
Visiting Elmina slave castle
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Elmina slave castle
Elmina slave castle
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Read the sign above the entrance
Read the sign above the entrance
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Leah on top of slave castle
Leah on top of slave castle
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View of Elmina
View of Elmina
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Ocean
Ocean
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Just us
Just us
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She was finally able to pick up a stray kitty!!
She was finally able to pick up a stray kitty!!
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Pulling in the catch for the day
Pulling in the catch for the day
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Now that is balance
Now that is balance
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These little girls were selling water satchels
These little girls were selling water satchels

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Festival in Elmina
Festival in Elmina
Opening up the lagoon to the fishing season
GOT YOU!
GOT YOU!
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Kids were running around wearing these visors
Kids were running around wearing these visors
Obama is hanging out on Leah's visor
Elmina Lagoon
Elmina Lagoon
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Better view
Better view
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Everybody wanted to get a good view
Everybody wanted to get a good view
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The parade of chiefs!!
The parade of chiefs!!
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Those guys underneath have to be exhausted
Those guys underneath have to be exhausted
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Some chiefs got really in to the music!
Some chiefs got really in to the music!
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Gold is huge in Ghana
Gold is huge in Ghana
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Female chiefs too!
Female chiefs too!
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The streets were packed
The streets were packed
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Next stop: Busua, Ghana!
Next stop: Busua, Ghana!
Can't drive there...had to walk across this bridge
Our treehouse at Ellis Hideout
Our treehouse at Ellis Hideout
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Soak it in
Soak it in
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Tough life
Tough life
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Check out the awesome construction of that bridge...it gets the job done!
Check out the awesome construction of that bridge...it gets the job done!
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Old fort
Old fort
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Us on top of the old fort
Us on top of the old fort
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Leah teaching primary school students in Busua how to throw a disc
Leah teaching primary school students in Busua how to throw a disc
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Leah donating discs to head teacher
Leah donating discs to head teacher
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Can you find the snake in our treehouse?
Can you find the snake in our treehouse?
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This place rocked our socks off
This place rocked our socks off
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Zion's place in Busua
Zion's place in Busua
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This was Zion's front yard...wow
This was Zion's front yard...wow
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He made us a fresh meal with ingredients from his garden
He made us a fresh meal with ingredients from his garden
AMAZING!
Zion and Us
Zion and Us
He was a great guy to hang out with and a great chef!


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Leah trying to pet a baby sheep
Leah trying to pet a baby sheep
In neighboring village of Butre
A dog's life
A dog's life
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Burrito in Butre
Burrito in Butre
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Muddy trail between Busua and Butre
Muddy trail between Busua and Butre
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View of Busua from above
View of Busua from above
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Amy walking by the ocean
Amy walking by the ocean
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Yes she is running with a sewing machine on her head
Yes she is running with a sewing machine on her head
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Running trail
Running trail
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Design that the water naturally made in the sand
Design that the water naturally made in the sand
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Colin's picture taking here
Colin's picture taking here
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Garbage sucks
Garbage sucks
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Leah was reenacting what the dog did to her earlier when she tired to take his seat
Leah was reenacting what the dog did to her earlier when she tired to take his seat

Look at the 80's style poster in the background
Look at the 80's style poster in the background
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Too hot
Too hot
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I drew quite the crowd when I wanted to buy some roasted corn on the cob from a street vendor
I drew quite the crowd when I wanted to buy some roasted corn on the cob from a street vendor
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Round #2: Malawi!!

Eating a delicious dinner at Paul's parents house in Lusaka, Zambia
Eating a delicious dinner at Paul's parents house in Lusaka, Zambia
En route to Malawi...
The whole gang (minus Amy...I'm taking the picture)
The whole gang (minus Amy...I'm taking the picture)
Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Nkhata Bay
Nkhata Bay

Sonia poppin' open a Coca-Cola the old school way
Sonia poppin' open a Coca-Cola the old school way

The view from our chalet
The view from our chalet
At Mayoka Village Beach Lodge, Nkhata Bay, Lake Malawi
Colin reading on our front porch
Colin reading on our front porch

Inside of our chalet
Inside of our chalet

Swimming in Lake Malawi
Swimming in Lake Malawi

Paul playing in the darts competition!
Paul playing in the darts competition!

Colin won! He got a free wood-fired pizza :)
Colin won! He got a free wood-fired pizza :)

Paul and Colin shootin' some pool
Paul and Colin shootin' some pool

Amy and Annie Rose in main hang out at lodge
Amy and Annie Rose in main hang out at lodge

That is alot of firewood
That is alot of firewood

Look at how steep those stairs are? Amazing!
Look at how steep those stairs are? Amazing!

Paradise
Paradise

Karen lounging in the hammock
Karen lounging in the hammock

Now that is the life...
Now that is the life...

Prepping for scuba diving
Prepping for scuba diving

Colin getting wet to get his wetsuit on!
Colin getting wet to get his wetsuit on!

Everybody's got a little captain in 'em
Everybody's got a little captain in 'em

Getting geared up
Getting geared up

The brave souls: Colin and Karen
The brave souls: Colin and Karen
Their first time!
Karen accidentally spit in Colin's goggles :)
Karen accidentally spit in Colin's goggles :)

READY! SET! DIVE!
READY! SET! DIVE!

Practice makes perfect
Practice makes perfect

Scuba
Scuba

Pure paradise
Pure paradise

Downtown Nkhata Bay
Downtown Nkhata Bay

Our personal jewelry designer
Our personal jewelry designer

Malawian Mom
Malawian Mom

Fishing in a dugout canoe
Fishing in a dugout canoe

Paul and Annie Rose testing out the traditional canoe
Paul and Annie Rose testing out the traditional canoe
It is a lot harder than it looks!
Colin and Annie Rose bringing in the rowboat
Colin and Annie Rose bringing in the rowboat

Just Us
Just Us
We are a little sunburned
Annie Rose, Sonia, Amy, Paul, Colin, Karen
Annie Rose, Sonia, Amy, Paul, Colin, Karen
Our fellow Peace Corps Volunteers
Beauty
Beauty

Annie Rose and Amy teaching the kitchen staff how to cook fish tacos from scratch!
Annie Rose and Amy teaching the kitchen staff how to cook fish tacos from scratch!

It was served that day in the lodge's restaurant!!
It was served that day in the lodge's restaurant!!
We got a free night's stay for helping out!
Mmm...grilled fresh fish
Mmm...grilled fresh fish

Too much fun in the kitchen!
Too much fun in the kitchen!

Cooking the tortillas
Cooking the tortillas

Finishing touches
Finishing touches

Finished product! The customers loved it!
Finished product! The customers loved it!

What we spent alot of time doing...relaxation
What we spent alot of time doing...relaxation

Shisto! The best running partner!
Shisto! The best running partner!

Can you see the river coming down the stairs? End of rainy season
Can you see the river coming down the stairs? End of rainy season

Bao Game: Traditional Malawian Game
Bao Game: Traditional Malawian Game
We brought a board home with us if you want to learn!
Fishing
Fishing

One of the coolest toilets we've ever seen
One of the coolest toilets we've ever seen

Toilet, Ash, and Woodchips
Toilet, Ash, and Woodchips
You put one scoop of each in after using the toilet
Too much fun on the plane
Too much fun on the plane

Silliness
Silliness
They shouldn't give out free beer and wine on the plane
:)
:)

Lovin' Lesotho

The whole gang: John, Amy, Sadie and Colin
The whole gang: John, Amy, Sadie and Colin

John's Picture of Colin
John's Picture of Colin

Colin's Picture of John
Colin's Picture of John

Nice view
Nice view

Quite chilly
Quite chilly

First Lesotho Sunrise
First Lesotho Sunrise

Coffee before hike
Coffee before hike

Just beginning....
Just beginning....

Hiking: Day 1
Hiking: Day 1
We still look happy and energetic...



The horses refused to cross the bridge
The horses refused to cross the bridge

But we were able to cross the bridge just fine
But we were able to cross the bridge just fine

Can you see the horses?
Can you see the horses?
They were really stubborn
Pensive
Pensive




Our Hut: Night #1
Our Hut: Night #1

Moooo
Moooo







Middle of nowhere....see the satelite?
Middle of nowhere....see the satelite?




The horse made it so my shoes didn't get wet..nice horsey
The horse made it so my shoes didn't get wet..nice horsey

Our guide
Our guide

Prom anyone?
Prom anyone?
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Don't worry....it was just the camelbak
Don't worry....it was just the camelbak
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We were following the cows..they knew the way.
We were following the cows..they knew the way.
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Alpine meadows
Alpine meadows
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Lunch...we're looking tired
Lunch...we're looking tired
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Checking out the waterfall
Checking out the waterfall
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Us
Us
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So pretty
So pretty
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Took this picture for my mom :)
Took this picture for my mom :)
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Break time at the top
Break time at the top
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Green and more green
Green and more green
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Swine!
Swine!
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Stretching :)
Stretching :)
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Stayed in the woman on the right's hut
Stayed in the woman on the right's hut
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I was just imitating what the little boy taught me
I was just imitating what the little boy taught me
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Top ramen!
Top ramen!
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Baaaa
Baaaa
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Our hut: Night #2
Our hut: Night #2
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Looking dirtier and more tired
Looking dirtier and more tired
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Our hut: Night #3
Our hut: Night #3
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Our guide in a traditional Lesotho blanket
Our guide in a traditional Lesotho blanket
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Oatmeal....breakfast of champions
Oatmeal....breakfast of champions
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These rocks were treacherous
These rocks were treacherous
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The local children totally showed us up
The local children totally showed us up
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Following the kids to school
Following the kids to school
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Colin might have been chasing the children...
Colin might have been chasing the children...
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Colin likes rock
Colin likes rock
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Traditional band playing some traditional instruments
Traditional band playing some traditional instruments
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Peacocks!
Peacocks!
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New Years Flood Kittens!

Colin holding Steffi's pet mouse, Max
Colin holding Steffi's pet mouse, Max

Max eating (and falling asleep on) his cheese
Max eating (and falling asleep on) his cheese
He's nocturnal...give him a break!
Alex, Colin and Luis returning from escapade with the elephants
Alex, Colin and Luis returning from escapade with the elephants
You'll have to ask Colin to tell you the story
Colin chops frozen goat meat with a machete
Colin chops frozen goat meat with a machete

Giraffe we saw on our drive to Steffi and Luis's camp
Giraffe we saw on our drive to Steffi and Luis's camp

Elephants IN Steffi and Luis's camp
Elephants IN Steffi and Luis's camp
They came to visit us every day
Where we began our rafting trip...
Where we began our rafting trip...
Base of Victoria Falls
There is our crew (only picture of us all inside the raft)
There is our crew (only picture of us all inside the raft)

Our rafting guide and the rest of us behind a 6-8 ft rapid....oh dear....
Our rafting guide and the rest of us behind a 6-8 ft rapid....oh dear....
This is right before we flipped.
The horror that ensues after you flip..
The horror that ensues after you flip..
We think that is Colin plugging his nose...Amy is probably underwater...
Another raft just about to do the same thing we did...flip
Another raft just about to do the same thing we did...flip

View from Victoria Falls Bridge
View from Victoria Falls Bridge

Sadie (our fellow Peace Corps volunteer) and Colin being 'scared' of their future bungee jump
Sadie (our fellow Peace Corps volunteer) and Colin being 'scared' of their future bungee jump
The bridge is in the background
Amy and Colin - Pre-Bungee Jump
Amy and Colin - Pre-Bungee Jump
Doesn't he look a little terrified?
The whole gang (minus Colin who's taking the picture)
The whole gang (minus Colin who's taking the picture)
Our great Peace Corps volunteer friends who we are going to miss so much
Train crossing Victoria Falls Bridge
Train crossing Victoria Falls Bridge
Just for you Dad Trudnowski....just for you.... :)
We're hooked!
We're hooked!
We were putting on harnesses to go on tour of Vic Falls bridge
The Batswanajohns
The Batswanajohns

View of Vic Falls from the Vic Falls Bridge
View of Vic Falls from the Vic Falls Bridge

Amy and the Mighty Victoria Falls
Amy and the Mighty Victoria Falls

The gang during the Vic Falls bridge tour
The gang during the Vic Falls bridge tour
Pretty cool history there
Amy and Vic falls Bridge
Amy and Vic falls Bridge

Essential support staff for bungee jumpers
Essential support staff for bungee jumpers

These are the guys who pull you back to safety post-jump
These are the guys who pull you back to safety post-jump
Colin's soon-to-be best friends :)
Don't look down!
Don't look down!
This bridge is over 100 years old and still in tip-top shape!
At the end of bridge tour
At the end of bridge tour

Next up....COLIN!
Next up....COLIN!
They wrote his weight and other specs on his arm with permanent marker
Look at that form!
Look at that form!
I'd give him an 8.4 :)
So graceful!
So graceful!

Headed straight for the rocks! Ah!!!
Headed straight for the rocks! Ah!!!
Just kidding....
Safely bouncing above the water
Safely bouncing above the water

I think he just realized that he really liked it
I think he just realized that he really liked it

Hey everyone! I just did one of the highest bungee jumps in the world!
Hey everyone! I just did one of the highest bungee jumps in the world!

Safe and sound...taking a ride back up
Safe and sound...taking a ride back up

Amy and Sadie in Mugabe's (Corrupt president of Zimbabwe) hotel
Amy and Sadie in Mugabe's (Corrupt president of Zimbabwe) hotel
Those statues are ridiculous.
Time: 4:30am; Place: Our kitchen; Problem: 4 inches of water
Time: 4:30am; Place: Our kitchen; Problem: 4 inches of water

Colin's sandals became mini boats
Colin's sandals became mini boats
Nice to know they float!
View out our kitchen door
View out our kitchen door
Colin made a barricade to keep some water out
View right outside our kitchen door
View right outside our kitchen door
We were in the path of the newly formed river
View out our spare room window
View out our spare room window
So much water!
Our backyard turned river. You see the clothes on the line?
Our backyard turned river. You see the clothes on the line?

Clean up!
Clean up!

Barricade Colin created to keep water in kitchen
Barricade Colin created to keep water in kitchen
Sisi has no idea what is going on
Amy sweeping water out the kitchen door
Amy sweeping water out the kitchen door
We didn't finish cleaning up till 7pm that night
This new river flowed for days after the rains
This new river flowed for days after the rains

Sisis's kittens don't look anything like her
Sisis's kittens don't look anything like her
She had 4 little white furballs
Look at that cute little face!
Look at that cute little face!
Only 2 days old....
Some eat and some just sleep...
Some eat and some just sleep...

3 brothers and 1 sister
3 brothers and 1 sister

I think they look like little mini bears
I think they look like little mini bears

Doesn't Sisi look so happy? :)
Doesn't Sisi look so happy? :)

African Animals Attack!!

Lovely Lunch at the Cumberland Hotel
Lovely Lunch at the Cumberland Hotel
This is our local 'watering hole' where we gather to hang out with other Peace Corps Volunteers. They make a great pizza that brings you back to your grade school cafeteria years.
Cactus Forest!
Cactus Forest!
Those things are massive!
Pottery workshop at Camphill
Pottery workshop at Camphill
2 employees posing for a shot inside the pottery workshop at Camphill. This is one of several workshops where people with disabilities learn a skill or trade.
Candle workshop at Camphill
Candle workshop at Camphill
So many different colors and shapes...but sadly none of them are scented. They do burn for a long time though.
Colin with some kids from the village
Colin with some kids from the village
We were taking a walk through Otse. Kids are never shy about posing for the camera.
Staff members of Otse Community Home Based Care Trust
Staff members of Otse Community Home Based Care Trust
Left to Right: Dirang, our driver; Mighty, our Receptionist; Phenyo, our cleaner; Random Dude between Mom and Colin - No idea
Otse Kgotla
Otse Kgotla
The Kgotla is the meeting place of the village. The Kgosi (Chief) of Otse holds meetings here as well as other important village activities.
A woman carrying a bundle of traditional brooms
A woman carrying a bundle of traditional brooms

Children of Semphete Day Care Centre
Children of Semphete Day Care Centre
This is a day care center that Amy works with in Good Hope, Botswana. They sang a wonderful song for her parents.
Otse Home Based Care Trust Building
Otse Home Based Care Trust Building
Here is Amy's office! And her office combi (mini-bus)!
Large termite mound + 3 small people
Large termite mound + 3 small people

Hammie and Hotdog were very fond of Dad's lap while he was reading...
Hammie and Hotdog were very fond of Dad's lap while he was reading...

And the trip begins! Cheers!
And the trip begins! Cheers!
This was the first night of our safari adventure in Maun.
Our 'traditional' huts we lodged at in Maun
Our 'traditional' huts we lodged at in Maun

Moremi Game Reserve - Day 1
Moremi Game Reserve - Day 1
Elephant bath!
Just hanging out by the watering hole...
Just hanging out by the watering hole...

Impala!
Impala!
They were everywhere!
Our ride
Our ride

Zebra!
Zebra!

Colin was the king of the ant hill for a second
Colin was the king of the ant hill for a second

These were called 'red' somethings....
These were called 'red' somethings....

Giraffes!
Giraffes!

Close-up elephant!
Close-up elephant!

Impala with one sad horn....
Impala with one sad horn....

Can you see it? Can you see the GIGANTIC lizard-thingy on the tree?
Can you see it? Can you see the GIGANTIC lizard-thingy on the tree?

Ahh...it's a baby elephant!
Ahh...it's a baby elephant!

One of the 7 times we got stuck on day 1 of the safari
One of the 7 times we got stuck on day 1 of the safari

Wildebeest!
Wildebeest!

Sunset over the Okavango Delta
Sunset over the Okavango Delta

A stork perhaps?
A stork perhaps?

Our elegant dinner table in the bush
Our elegant dinner table in the bush

'Bush' Shower
'Bush' Shower
Fill that top part with hot water. Turn nozzle. Bathe. Done.
'Bush' Toilet
'Bush' Toilet
Great invention.
Sunrise (I think)
Sunrise (I think)

Itty bitty frog
Itty bitty frog
It may be small but it can make a VERY loud noise at night.
Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

What lies ahead....
What lies ahead....
MORE SAND!
Wind blown and sunburned
Wind blown and sunburned
But still smiling!
Dad looks very enthused
Dad looks very enthused

African version of a camp robber
African version of a camp robber

Guinea fowl
Guinea fowl
They have blue heads
Just beautiful
Just beautiful

Hippo dung!
Hippo dung!
Simply massive
When birds attack!
When birds attack!

Tree o' Monkeys!
Tree o' Monkeys!

Just reach a little bit further....
Just reach a little bit further....

Beautiful reeds
Beautiful reeds
The colors made the field look like it was on fire
Mom and Amy
Mom and Amy

Mokoro Ride!
Mokoro Ride!

Riding through the channels of the Okavango Delta
Riding through the channels of the Okavango Delta

Road block!
Road block!
We had just started out when we came to an elephant crossing our path. Awesome!
Nice hat Colin
Nice hat Colin

Elephant in the distance
Elephant in the distance

Gorgeous water flower
Gorgeous water flower
You can eat the part that grows underwater
Birds enjoying the water
Birds enjoying the water
Can't remember what they were called...
Elephant dung!
Elephant dung!
Check out that size comparison!
Our Home Sweet Home in the Bush
Our Home Sweet Home in the Bush

African Sun
African Sun

Third Bridge
Third Bridge

Waterbuck!
Waterbuck!

Warthog!
Warthog!

Elephant footprint!
Elephant footprint!

Vultures!
Vultures!
Massive creatures
Cape Buffalo!
Cape Buffalo!
There were probably over 1000 buffalo in this herd
Male Cape Buffalo
Male Cape Buffalo

Bateleur Eagles!
Bateleur Eagles!
Beautiful eagles
Don't we look excited to be awake so early in the morning?
Don't we look excited to be awake so early in the morning?

Our guides and their support
Our guides and their support
2 guides, 1 cook, and 1 grunt-work man
New Bridge, Old bridge to the left
New Bridge, Old bridge to the left

Tuck shop!
Tuck shop!
These are our local 'convenience' stores. We call them Tuck Shops. You can find one in almost every single village in Botswana.
We were not able to 'FORD' the river that day...must have been a Toyota
We were not able to 'FORD' the river that day...must have been a Toyota
Anybody get the Oregon Trail reference there?
What happened to your other shoe Mom?
What happened to your other shoe Mom?

Ostrich Mama laying on her eggs
Ostrich Mama laying on her eggs
The mother and father take turns laying on the eggs.
African camp robber
African camp robber
Waiting for us to drop some food...
Kori Bustard!
Kori Bustard!
Heaviest bird in the world that can still take flight
Jackal!
Jackal!

Lonely Bull Elephant
Lonely Bull Elephant
He was all by himself which is not uncommon. He was very old.
Leopard!!
Leopard!!
We got lucky to see this one super early in the morning in Savuti.
Leopard!
Leopard!
Stunning
The most we ever saw of a lion
The most we ever saw of a lion
Elusive lions...
Wild dogs!!!
Wild dogs!!!
These are so rare! We were very very lucky to see a whole pack of them.
Wild dogs!
Wild dogs!
This was right after they failed to catch some Impala for lunch.
We saw them swim across the river!
We saw them swim across the river!
We also captured this on video
Young male Steenbok!
Young male Steenbok!
They travel alone starting at a very young age
Chobe River Valley
Chobe River Valley
Zebra's grazing
Chobe River Valley with fisherman
Chobe River Valley with fisherman
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Kudu!
Kudu!
Massive Male Kudu. (They are quite tasty as well)
The most we saw of a Hippo
The most we saw of a Hippo

Tree with vultures
Tree with vultures
Breathtaking photo at sunset
Pa and Ma in their safari hats
Pa and Ma in their safari hats
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Colin and Amy - I think we just woke up
Colin and Amy - I think we just woke up

Starling!
Starling!
Radiant bird
Zebras!
Zebras!

Roan Antelope....I think
Roan Antelope....I think

Runaway Giraffe!
Runaway Giraffe!

The whole gang on the last day
The whole gang on the last day

On our way to Victoria Falls
On our way to Victoria Falls

Baobab tree!
Baobab tree!
One of the biggest Baobab trees in the world....I think :)
Size comparison
Size comparison

Victoria Falls!
Victoria Falls!
Magnificent!
Created rainbows in the afternoon
Created rainbows in the afternoon

Mom and Me and Vic Falls
Mom and Me and Vic Falls

We got 'rained' on quite a bit
We got 'rained' on quite a bit

Dad and Me and Vic Falls
Dad and Me and Vic Falls
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Stunning waterfall
Stunning waterfall
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Mom and Me and Dad and Vic Falls
Mom and Me and Dad and Vic Falls

Sweet Map of Zambezi
Sweet Map of Zambezi

Mama Africa Menu Board
Mama Africa Menu Board
We ate here after our trip to Vic Falls
Our beverages of choice
Our beverages of choice

Sunset on the Chobe River
Sunset on the Chobe River

Look at all our fun stuff we got!
Look at all our fun stuff we got!
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Chobe Safari Lodge
Chobe Safari Lodge
Not too shabby...
Traditional Tswana dancing during dinner
Traditional Tswana dancing during dinner

Dinner anyone?
Dinner anyone?
Just kidding....
Last night with our guide Lucky
Last night with our guide Lucky

Children in Francistown at our friend, Mike's, NGO
Children in Francistown at our friend, Mike's, NGO

Mom had a great time with these girls
Mom had a great time with these girls
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Real life in Botswana!
Real life in Botswana!
Not your typical road blocks
Our Life Line Youth Group
Our Life Line Youth Group
We were teaching them how to play Scrabble that day.

Mozam Mayhem

Mozambique Sunrise
Mozambique Sunrise
From our bedroom window
Mozambique Sunrise
Mozambique Sunrise
From our chalet's balcony
Tropical paradise view from our chalet
Tropical paradise view from our chalet

Chillin' on our balcony that overlooked the ocean
Chillin' on our balcony that overlooked the ocean

Sitting and dining room of our chalet
Sitting and dining room of our chalet

Kitchen in our chalet
Kitchen in our chalet

Now this is the life...
Now this is the life...

Sweet picture at low tide
Sweet picture at low tide

Walking the beach at low tide
Walking the beach at low tide

Cool anchor
Cool anchor

Had to give our boat a little push
Had to give our boat a little push

Expansive beautiful ocean water
Expansive beautiful ocean water

The island we were headed to off coast of Mozam
The island we were headed to off coast of Mozam

Colin's ridiculous hat and me :)
Colin's ridiculous hat and me :)
We were on the boat to the island
Our friends James and Sadie
Our friends James and Sadie
They were trying to mimic the Pappajohns. :)
Poetic Amy
Poetic Amy
Amy was trying not to laugh while this picture was taken.
Amy and Alex
Amy and Alex
Look how clear the water is! Gorgeous!
Sadie's leg gets its photo debut!
Sadie's leg gets its photo debut!
Just a cool looking photo
Land-ho!
Land-ho!

Island living
Island living

Sadie and Amy...bad to the bone?
Sadie and Amy...bad to the bone?
Perhaps....
Sadie in the Pappajohn Sandwich
Sadie in the Pappajohn Sandwich

Local produce market in Mozambique
Local produce market in Mozambique
We had to barter for everything we bought....from potatoes to fish.
Karen's birthday dinner fish!
Karen's birthday dinner fish!

Getting a ride back to our chalet
Getting a ride back to our chalet
Colin was very happy about this
Karen's birthday cake/pie!
Karen's birthday cake/pie!
It was a last minute request we made to the management of the place we were staying. They not only made a cake in under 1.5 hours but it was free! The cooks that delivered it also played some traditional Mozam music on their drums!
Local craft market in Mozam
Local craft market in Mozam
Cheesy
Colin decided to play with some local kids...
Colin decided to play with some local kids...

Colin vs. Local Kids: THE RACE
Colin vs. Local Kids: THE RACE
Colin sort of won but most of these kids were barefoot.
View from another hotel
View from another hotel

Colin being his usual monkey-self
Colin being his usual monkey-self

Just us...once again
Just us...once again

All dolled up for our fancy dinner out
All dolled up for our fancy dinner out

A depiction of our relaxing vacation
A depiction of our relaxing vacation

Colin in a Karen A and James Sandwich
Colin in a Karen A and James Sandwich

Alex and Amy looking hot
Alex and Amy looking hot

Very bright Pappajohns
Very bright Pappajohns

The door
The door
Take a closer look at that door. Saw it on our bus ride home from Mozambique. Just awesome.

The Great Cape Town Caper

Waiting for train in Johannesburg
Waiting for train in Johannesburg
We weren't sure if it was going to show up. The employees had been on strike for a couple weeks at this point.
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
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Contemplative Amy
Contemplative Amy
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The Diner Car
The Diner Car
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Attack!
Attack!
I was bored. We were on the train for 26 hours.
Contemplative Colin
Contemplative Colin
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Sunrise over South Africa
Sunrise over South Africa
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I think I can!
I think I can!
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Twas a bit chilly on the train
Twas a bit chilly on the train
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Beautiful landscape
Beautiful landscape
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The mountains of wine country
The mountains of wine country
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On our hotel balcony!
On our hotel balcony!
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Chocolate muffin with the top dipped in chocolate and then topped with chocolate chips
Chocolate muffin with the top dipped in chocolate and then topped with chocolate chips
Heaven
Wine tasting tour
Wine tasting tour
Highly highly recommended!!
This is before we started tasting wine for the day...
This is before we started tasting wine for the day...
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Goat Play House
Goat Play House
This was in the middle of the courtyard of the first winery we went to...awesome
Winery #2
Winery #2
We sat outside and sipped some deliciously unique vino
Remnants of original building under glass floor
Remnants of original building under glass floor

Can you see our purple lips?
Can you see our purple lips?
We ate an amazing lunch here after our first 2 wineries.
Art display outside winery #3
Art display outside winery #3
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The branches were made from words
The branches were made from words
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A very cool clock at Winery #3
A very cool clock at Winery #3
That was the only cool thing about it. Everything else was overpriced and not even that good.
Winery #4: Cellar tour
Winery #4: Cellar tour
It was fun to see how they make wine
Fall in South African wine country
Fall in South African wine country
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Just us...about to do wine tasting #4
Just us...about to do wine tasting #4
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Delicious sparkling wine!
Delicious sparkling wine!
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The wine tasting gang
The wine tasting gang
2nd from the right: Barbora from Czech Republic who was also on the wine tour. 1st from the right: The most amazing wine tour guide!
Mama Africa Restaurant
Mama Africa Restaurant
Crazy atmosphere with live music. We tried kudu, ostrich, crocodile and impala here. The crocodile was our favorite!
Live music..how we miss thee
Live music..how we miss thee
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McDonalds!
McDonalds!
Yes...we are so American. It was an amazing meal though. Sausage egg mcmuffin....
Gorgeous Cape Town
Gorgeous Cape Town
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Still beautiful even on an overcast day
Still beautiful even on an overcast day
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SUSHI!!!!
SUSHI!!!!
Probably some of the best sushi we've ever had.
Mmm......yummy hand rolls....
Mmm......yummy hand rolls....
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Camps Bay
Camps Bay
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We want to go back...
We want to go back...
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On the Sightseeing Tour Bus of Cape Town
On the Sightseeing Tour Bus of Cape Town
It was a great way to see the city. You buy a 1 or 2 day pass and then hop on/hop off as you like. It was also a double-decker bus so you got a great view from the top.
See the shape of the trees? That is from the wind.
See the shape of the trees? That is from the wind.
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All dolled up for our big night on the town
All dolled up for our big night on the town
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The Dining Room at the Mount Nelson Hotel
The Dining Room at the Mount Nelson Hotel
One of the oldest and nicest hotels in Cape Town. We went to a Wine and Dine event. It was a multi-course meal where each course was paired with a wine from the featured winery.
The Menu
The Menu
There were 2 more 'surprise' courses in addition to what was listed on the menu.
Course #2: Cold poached trout with avocado salsa and pickled cucumber
Course #2: Cold poached trout with avocado salsa and pickled cucumber
Served with an unwooded Chardonnay
Delicious bread in fancy shapes
Delicious bread in fancy shapes
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Course #3: Duck rillettes, terrine and pate
Course #3: Duck rillettes, terrine and pate
Served with Sauvignon Blanc
Course #4 (surprise): I believe it was a cheese and mushroom ravioli
Course #4 (surprise): I believe it was a cheese and mushroom ravioli
Can't remember what wine they served this with. There was also a surprise Course #5 that was a lime sorbet.
Course #6: Sweet and sour red pepper glazed rib, roasted beef fillet, creamed barley, buttered vegetables, celeriac puree, jus
Course #6: Sweet and sour red pepper glazed rib, roasted beef fillet, creamed barley, buttered vegetables, celeriac puree, jus
Served with a Shiraz
Our little table in the corner
Our little table in the corner
It gave us a great view of the whole dining room
Course #7: Twice baked cheddar cheese souffle with blue cheese creme
Course #7: Twice baked cheddar cheese souffle with blue cheese creme
Served with a Pinot Noir We were almost in pain at this point from how full we were...
Our view out our little window
Our view out our little window
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Course #8: Passion fruit jellied fruit salad, canolli and sorbet
Course #8: Passion fruit jellied fruit salad, canolli and sorbet
Served with a Noble Late Harvest
Course #9: Coffee served with friandise
Course #9: Coffee served with friandise
Thank goodness they didn't serve wine with this course. Just a side note: This whole meal (wine included) only cost us $50/person. Craziness!

Hammie and Hotdog

Kitty birth isn't the most beautiful thing
Kitty birth isn't the most beautiful thing
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Hotdog...a few hours after birth
Hotdog...a few hours after birth
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Hammie has a very colorful face
Hammie has a very colorful face
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This is how they sleep when Mom goes out to play
This is how they sleep when Mom goes out to play
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The skinny one, Hotdog, always triumphs the chubby one, Hammie
The skinny one, Hotdog, always triumphs the chubby one, Hammie
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Compare the size of Mama paw vs. Baby paw
Compare the size of Mama paw vs. Baby paw
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Play time
Play time
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Yawn
Yawn
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Beautiful Malawi

Tent city in the back of our host, Jillian's, yard
Tent city in the back of our host, Jillian's, yard
About 35 people camped at her house the first night
The drive out to the Sua Pan
The drive out to the Sua Pan
Ryan and Lucas, fellow PCVs
Our ride out to the Sua Pan
Our ride out to the Sua Pan
We fit almost 30 people in that flat bed. It was a bit crammed.
Covered party area
Covered party area
This was a much appreciated covered venue. It poured down rain for half the night so everyone had a dry place to sleep.
Big, big spider
Big, big spider
Found this guy crawling around by the tents and sleeping bags
Our Burning Man
Our Burning Man
It was set ablaze to commemorate our 1 year anniversary in Botswana
The morning after the storm walking out on the salt pans
The morning after the storm walking out on the salt pans

Flamingo!
Flamingo!
They had moved in closer because of all the water on the pans after the storm.
Just us
Just us
The storm had weathered us.
Sunset in Kasane
Sunset in Kasane
The Zambezi river was flooded at this point which made for a great picture opportunity.
Semi Trucks driving through flood water
Semi Trucks driving through flood water
They had to do it to get on the ferry
Getting on the ferry to cross Zambezi river
Getting on the ferry to cross Zambezi river
It was just a little bit flooded.
John holding a stranger's baby on the bus
John holding a stranger's baby on the bus
Long story short: John came in last place in a game of Oh Hell. Hence, he had to hold a stranger's baby as 'punishment'.
Sshhh! Mary is sleeping!
Sshhh! Mary is sleeping!
This is not just a close-up of my face. Mary slept on my shoulder on one of the bus rides for several hours.
Colin sharing a seat with resident doggy
Colin sharing a seat with resident doggy
I don't think the dog was very happy about Colin disturbing his sleep. This picture was taken at the backpacker's place we stayed at in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The whole gang having a blast in Lake Malawi
The whole gang having a blast in Lake Malawi
Supposedly you aren't supposed to go in Lake Malawi, but how could we resist?
Shower time
Shower time
It was a bucket that you filled up with water and then opened the spout on the bottom. Don't worry....everyone had swimsuits on in this picture.
A bed in a tree!
A bed in a tree!
Mary and Tori braved the tree bed for the night. This was at Mdokera's campsite right on Lake Malawi.
Colin, John, Sadie and Lucas attempt a drum circle
Colin, John, Sadie and Lucas attempt a drum circle
I was falling asleep to the sound of the Lake Malawi waves and the drums.
Taking a picture with the fishermen on Lake Malawi
Taking a picture with the fishermen on Lake Malawi
The fishermen were just about to set out for their night of fishing on the lake.
Sunrise over Lake Malawi
Sunrise over Lake Malawi
Stunning
Sunrise reflection on the ridge
Sunrise reflection on the ridge

Sunrise over Lake Malawi
Sunrise over Lake Malawi
We want to go back...
Waking up to the sunrise over the lake
Waking up to the sunrise over the lake

Some Malawian kids by the lake
Some Malawian kids by the lake
Not sure if they are playing or working or both.
Fancy toilet
Fancy toilet
This toilet was at the campsite that we stayed at in Chitimba, Malawi (right on Lake Malawi).
Mdokera and his wife
Mdokera and his wife
What a great place to stay in Malawi!
Setting out to backpack through Nyika National Park
Setting out to backpack through Nyika National Park
The two Malawians down in front were Mdokera and his wife. They owned and ran the campsite. They were wonderful people who made our stay very memorable.
Day 1 of Hiking: 15 km to Livingstonia
Day 1 of Hiking: 15 km to Livingstonia
It was a road the whole way but quite a bit of elevation gain.
The Real Backpackers
The Real Backpackers
The group that actually hiked (with our backpacks) the 15km uphill to Livingstonia.
Children during Sadie and Amy's spontaneous cultural visit
Children during Sadie and Amy's spontaneous cultural visit
These kids were a lot of fun to watch dance and sing. Such hospitality.
The girls performing a song and dance
The girls performing a song and dance

Children imitating the older woman not having any teeth
Children imitating the older woman not having any teeth
This older woman boiled us some sweet corn from their garden. It was delicious!
All the kids that we met that day
All the kids that we met that day
Hard to describe our experience in words
Amy pounding cassava root the traditional way
Amy pounding cassava root the traditional way
I wasn't very good at it as you might be able to tell. The children got a great laugh out of it.
Us with our packs and Malawian woman with hers
Us with our packs and Malawian woman with hers

Crossing the big 'bridge'
Crossing the big 'bridge'
I wasn't scared. Can't you see it in my face? :)
Growing tobacco
Growing tobacco
Tobacco was a major crop. It is growing in the fields in this picture and the structure on the left is where it is dried.
River valley
River valley

The Shire: MALAWI
The Shire: MALAWI
Does that not look just like the Shire from Lord of the Rings? Beautiful!
Malawian children
Malawian children
You can definitely see the poverty much more in Malawi than in Botswana. It is right there in front of you.
More hiking...check out elevation gain.
More hiking...check out elevation gain.

Looking weathered on hiking day #2
Looking weathered on hiking day #2

The whole gang with our two guides
The whole gang with our two guides
The guide in the bright green shirt helped us from Livingstonia. He found us our guide, Andrew, who would take us through Nyika Park. This picture was taken towards the end of our second day of hiking.
Coffee processing plant
Coffee processing plant
We camped here for 2 nights. We tried to decipher how they processed the coffee by analyzing the equipment and structures. It was fascinating.
Our tents at the coffee processing plant
Our tents at the coffee processing plant
We camped here for 2 nights. It was right on the edge of Nyika National Park.
Our badass guide, Andrew
Our badass guide, Andrew

Hanging out in little cooking hut
Hanging out in little cooking hut
This hut helped so much in keeping us dry. Thanks Hut.
We were very strange to the local kids
We were very strange to the local kids

Mary playing tag with local kids
Mary playing tag with local kids
She made one of them cry on accident when she caught him.
Local Malawian kids posing for the camera
Local Malawian kids posing for the camera
They were cute for the first few hours but then they started stealing things. Not cool.
Andrew, our guide, cooking traditional Nsima
Andrew, our guide, cooking traditional Nsima
Nsima is a staple food of Malawi. It can be made from ground maize (corn) or ground cassava root. It almost looks like a really sticky mashed potatoes when it is done.
Rustic coffee making
Rustic coffee making
The coffee beans were from the local coffee trees. A local roasted them over the fire for us and then ground them up as well. It was as fresh as coffee can get! Amazing!
Day 3 of Hiking: We were exhausted.
Day 3 of Hiking: We were exhausted.
This day of elevation gain killed our muscles. Day 4 was the only relief we had where it was more flat.
Hiking
Hiking
Beautiful view
We just kept hiking up...and up...and up
We just kept hiking up...and up...and up

The gang spelling 'Nyika Park' in sign language
The gang spelling 'Nyika Park' in sign language
Look at our hands. :)
Clouds rolled over the plateau
Clouds rolled over the plateau
Beautiful to hike through....
Nyika Plateau
Nyika Plateau
Sorry for so many landscape pictures but they were too amazing not to post.
Hiking on Nyika Plateau
Hiking on Nyika Plateau

Amy crossing the bridge...this one was more difficult
Amy crossing the bridge...this one was more difficult

John was very excited to cross the little bridge
John was very excited to cross the little bridge

Hiking the plateau
Hiking the plateau
Yes, plateaus go up and down. They aren't just flat.
Taking a break on our last day of hiking
Taking a break on our last day of hiking

ZEBRAS!
ZEBRAS!
Zebras are common on the Nyika Plateau.
The Nyika plateau was beautiful
The Nyika plateau was beautiful
Just stunning landscape.
Animals running
Animals running
Sorry...we aren't very good with animal names.
Ridgeback (I think)
Ridgeback (I think)
We only saw a few animals on our trip and it was on the last day of hiking.
The last leg of our journey
The last leg of our journey
We were soooooooooooo tired.
Finally finished!
Finally finished!
The weathered gang at the very end of our backpacking journey through Nyika National Park. What an adventure! We made it thanks to Andrew our amazing guide!

The Otse Language Week

Market bag
Market bag
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Took a while to make but it was fun
Took a while to make but it was fun
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Little baby bootie I made. Not for any reason inparticular.
Little baby bootie I made. Not for any reason inparticular.
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All of us learning together on the last day
All of us learning together on the last day
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Tonic and Lesego: Our awesome language instructors
Tonic and Lesego: Our awesome language instructors
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Colin creating a dread on Mary's head
Colin creating a dread on Mary's head
This was one of the major tasks for the week. People took turns dreading Mary's hair.
Mary and Lucas with their dread heads
Mary and Lucas with their dread heads
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The whole gang on top of Vulture Hill in Otse
The whole gang on top of Vulture Hill in Otse

We were trying to pose for a picture to send to Glamour Magazine.
We were trying to pose for a picture to send to Glamour Magazine.
It is for the column 'Where has your Glamour been?'. Notice the magazine in Mary's hand.
Great picture taken by Colin at the very top of hill
Great picture taken by Colin at the very top of hill
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Bringing in the new year...Africa style!

Frog in our house....nice change from the usual toads.
Frog in our house....nice change from the usual toads.
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Talk about a rain storm...
Talk about a rain storm...
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The gang hanging out by the 'lake' in Kanye
The gang hanging out by the 'lake' in Kanye
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Mmm...steak, eggplant, burgers, bacon and grilled green peppers
Mmm...steak, eggplant, burgers, bacon and grilled green peppers
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Beautiful view of the Kanye 'lake'...which is more of a dam
Beautiful view of the Kanye 'lake'...which is more of a dam
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Just a cool photo
Just a cool photo
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Little too much fun with fireworks
Little too much fun with fireworks
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Our friend, Lauren, admiring the sunset
Our friend, Lauren, admiring the sunset
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Traveling in style
Traveling in style
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BEAUTIFUL flowers that were waiting on the table when I got home on my birthday!
BEAUTIFUL flowers that were waiting on the table when I got home on my birthday!
Colin kind of 'stole' them from the Camphill compound....oh well.
Yes...that is a lit sparkler...and yes we are inside an Indian restaurant.
Yes...that is a lit sparkler...and yes we are inside an Indian restaurant.
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Eating some delicious Indian food with other PC volunteers on Christmas Eve
Eating some delicious Indian food with other PC volunteers on Christmas Eve
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I think we might have been having too much fun...
I think we might have been having too much fun...
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Climbing up Dune 7...one of the biggest dunes in Namibia
Climbing up Dune 7...one of the biggest dunes in Namibia
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I'm still climbing...Colin was almost at the top.
I'm still climbing...Colin was almost at the top.
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Running Man...and Woman?
Running Man...and Woman?
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Awesome 'jump shot'
Awesome 'jump shot'
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Us
Us
This was our first excursion in Namibia where we took ATVs out on the sand dunes. It was such a thrill!
Me and my bike VS. Namibian Sand Dunes
Me and my bike VS. Namibian Sand Dunes
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Lookin a little windburned
Lookin a little windburned
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The Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean
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The Dune-Ridin' group with our guide
The Dune-Ridin' group with our guide
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A salt pan
A salt pan
They flood it with salt water and let it dry out. They harvest the salt that remains. This isn't the type of salt you find on your table though. :)
Our drive to go kayaking
Our drive to go kayaking
This was our second excursion in Namibia where we went sea kayaking in Walvis Bay with the dolphins and seals (which were technically Sea Lions).
Seals...but technically Sea Lions
Seals...but technically Sea Lions
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The little dark ones were baby sea lions! :)
The little dark ones were baby sea lions! :)
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They were fun to watch flop around in the water
They were fun to watch flop around in the water
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There was an old lighthouse that was built in the early 1900's.
There was an old lighthouse that was built in the early 1900's.
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"It's About Time We Posted Some Pictures" Pictures

The happy family...once again
The happy family...once again
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Most recent kitty bath
Most recent kitty bath
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Yarn in my face = grumpy kitty
Yarn in my face = grumpy kitty
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Made this little handbag for my niece, Jayda
Made this little handbag for my niece, Jayda
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A cluster of different yarns came together to make this handbag. Does anybody need a cute little purse?
A cluster of different yarns came together to make this handbag. Does anybody need a cute little purse?

One of the washcloths/trivets I made. It had a cool design.
One of the washcloths/trivets I made. It had a cool design.
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We had a limited supply of cups in Sowa Town
We had a limited supply of cups in Sowa Town
This is Alex, our fellow Peace Corps volunteer, btw
Some of the gang
Some of the gang
(Left to Right) Flannel Shirt = Matt, Baseball Cap = Mike, Girl he has his arm around = Erica, Blue Button-Down Shirt = Ryan, Girl he is talking to = Erin, Guy in green t-shirt = Alex, Hidden girl in blue shirt = Amy, Girl in white shirt = Annie Rose, and Colin
The gang inside the combi...a common form of transport in Botswana
The gang inside the combi...a common form of transport in Botswana

Indiana and I out on the Sua Salt Pans
Indiana and I out on the Sua Salt Pans
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Chaco VS. Teva
Chaco VS. Teva
Notice that little bit of fingernail polish left on my toes...it is still there from the last pedicure I had....the day before we left WA.
Salt pans
Salt pans
Wouldn't that make an awesome design for flooring in a house?
Close up of how the pans crack under the dry heat
Close up of how the pans crack under the dry heat
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Colin and Mike admiring the rocks
Colin and Mike admiring the rocks
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Hanging out in the pans
Hanging out in the pans
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Jillian, our wonderful host in Sowa Town, is about to cut into her delicious birthday cake
Jillian, our wonderful host in Sowa Town, is about to cut into her delicious birthday cake
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Karen looking fabulous as a gypsy
Karen looking fabulous as a gypsy
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1st Place: Alex dressed up as Mish, a fellow PCV
1st Place: Alex dressed up as Mish, a fellow PCV
This costume is kind of hard to explain unless you are a Botswana PCV
2nd Place: John, The Botswana Street Vendor
2nd Place: John, The Botswana Street Vendor
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Megan sportin' it as the Statue of Liberty
Megan sportin' it as the Statue of Liberty
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We gave ourselves black eyes...we were the black-eyed p's....yeah...lame...we know
We gave ourselves black eyes...we were the black-eyed p's....yeah...lame...we know
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Erin, Xena Warrior Princess; Carey the Rat; Mish as Starbuck off of Battlestar Galactica
Erin, Xena Warrior Princess; Carey the Rat; Mish as Starbuck off of Battlestar Galactica
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Third Place: Sadie as a female condom
Third Place: Sadie as a female condom
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Our garden after things started growing
Our garden after things started growing
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Baby zucchini growing quite nicely. It is called Baby Marrow here in Botswana
Baby zucchini growing quite nicely. It is called Baby Marrow here in Botswana
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Stringless green beans grew very fast
Stringless green beans grew very fast
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We created a sack garden to grow lettuce
We created a sack garden to grow lettuce
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The beginnings of our SWEET onions! Woo hoo!
The beginnings of our SWEET onions! Woo hoo!
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Eggplant seedlings...they are growing very very slowly
Eggplant seedlings...they are growing very very slowly
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Baby spinach....mmmmm...so good
Baby spinach....mmmmm...so good
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Roma tomato plants. They are about twice that size now.
Roma tomato plants. They are about twice that size now.
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Our little hot pepper plants
Our little hot pepper plants
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We bought this at the local grocery store. Yes...they are connected in the middle.
We bought this at the local grocery store. Yes...they are connected in the middle.
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Mulberries from the gigantic mulberry tree by our house. I made mulberry jam and mulberry cobbler
Mulberries from the gigantic mulberry tree by our house. I made mulberry jam and mulberry cobbler
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Some residents of Camphill playing field hockey right outside our home
Some residents of Camphill playing field hockey right outside our home
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The last room we painted: the kitchen
The last room we painted: the kitchen
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We gave the geese a drink
We gave the geese a drink
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What?
What?
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Went hiking up the vulture mountain with Stuart and Phoebe, fellow PCVs
Went hiking up the vulture mountain with Stuart and Phoebe, fellow PCVs
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Summited vulture mountain with Colin's parents
Summited vulture mountain with Colin's parents
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Gee Alex...can't you see the sign?
Gee Alex...can't you see the sign?
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This is the workings of Sisi our cat
This is the workings of Sisi our cat
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Like Mother...like kitty?
Like Mother...like kitty?
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Khutse Game Reserve where Colin had a 2 day retreat.
Khutse Game Reserve where Colin had a 2 day retreat.
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Can you see the rainbow? Beautifully placed right over the house
Can you see the rainbow? Beautifully placed right over the house
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Post storm beauty
Post storm beauty
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Mokolodi Magic

Mr. Giraffe at the watering hole
Mr. Giraffe at the watering hole
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Family of giraffes
Family of giraffes
Family of giraffes
These ostriches are quite large in person
These ostriches are quite large in person
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Can't quite remember the name of this animal
Can't quite remember the name of this animal
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Beautiful creatures
Beautiful creatures
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PUMBA!
PUMBA!
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Tried to capture the vivid red on this bird
Tried to capture the vivid red on this bird
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Persistance
Persistance
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Fellow PCV, Matt, grillin' up a storm
Fellow PCV, Matt, grillin' up a storm
We need to find a grate like that so we can make our own braai in our backyard. Still on the lookout....
Encompasses the trip: cards, beverages, and laughing with friends
Encompasses the trip: cards, beverages, and laughing with friends

The whole gang
The whole gang
Lucas, Katie, Carrie, Stuart, Colin, Karen B., Matt, Lauren, Amy, Laura, Jonathan, Annie Rose, Lena (Bots 7), Megan, Sadie, Lena's friend, Katia, and Alex
Great view of the game reserve
Great view of the game reserve
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Name that Sethunya (flower)!

Swingin' hammock in our backyard
Swingin' hammock in our backyard
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So comfy!
So comfy!
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Oasis
Oasis
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Our ivy attempting to grow up the post at the corner of our patio
Our ivy attempting to grow up the post at the corner of our patio
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Our garden in the corner of our backyard where we will attempt to grow vegetables
Our garden in the corner of our backyard where we will attempt to grow vegetables
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Rock Lily!
Rock Lily!
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This is the tree in our backyard...see those spikes coming off it...those can really hurt or be used as toothpicks
This is the tree in our backyard...see those spikes coming off it...those can really hurt or be used as toothpicks
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Carpobrotus!
Carpobrotus!
This is a plant that grows along the ground in an 'ivy' like fashion.  The juice of its leaves has many medicinal purposes.
A bee just 'beeing' itself
A bee just 'beeing' itself
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Artistically cool picture taken in our backyard...yeah...I'm bragging...but just a little bit
Artistically cool picture taken in our backyard...yeah...I'm bragging...but just a little bit
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Birds of Paradise...I actually knew this one but forgot to label it...woops. :)
Birds of Paradise...I actually knew this one but forgot to label it...woops. :)
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Kaffir Lily! Scientific Name: Clivia (These are soooooooooo beautiful in real life)
Kaffir Lily! Scientific Name: Clivia (These are soooooooooo beautiful in real life)
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Snapdragons!
Snapdragons!
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? (This one should be easy...not exactly a flower though)
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Oh so pretty!
Oh so pretty!
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Hibiscus!
Hibiscus!
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Calla Lily!
Calla Lily!
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Half-bloomed calla lily! :)
Half-bloomed calla lily! :)
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The main walkway in the Camphill compound
The main walkway in the Camphill compound
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Our neighbor working in the pottery workshop
Our neighbor working in the pottery workshop
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Camphill employee making compost
Camphill employee making compost
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Making figurines
Making figurines
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Our neighbor making a Tau (lion)
Our neighbor making a Tau (lion)
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Sisimoga

Sleepy Sisi (O lapile)
Sleepy Sisi (O lapile)
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Sisi's scratching post courtesy of Colin the Carpenter.
Sisi's scratching post courtesy of Colin the Carpenter.
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The box he used to make the playhouse was what our stove came in...now that is recycling!
The box he used to make the playhouse was what our stove came in...now that is recycling!
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Colin created an awesome kitty playhouse with shelves and all.
Colin created an awesome kitty playhouse with shelves and all.
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Kitty tona!
Kitty tona!
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Mmmm....salt and vinegar chips!
Mmmm....salt and vinegar chips!
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Strike a pose
Strike a pose
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The happy family! (She does look a bit frightened though)
The happy family! (She does look a bit frightened though)
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She is such a loveable kitty!
She is such a loveable kitty!
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Do not enter my domain!
Do not enter my domain!
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So soft
So soft
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Just for fun
Just for fun
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Kitty's first bath
Kitty's first bath
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She smells so minty fresh now!
She smells so minty fresh now!
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Crochet and Cat Litter

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Adventures in Otse

No rolling pin so had to use our waterbottle to roll out the tortillas.
No rolling pin so had to use our waterbottle to roll out the tortillas.
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Flyin' Tortilla
Flyin' Tortilla
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Fryin' up the homemade tortillas
Fryin' up the homemade tortillas
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Making chocolate 'chip' cookies
Making chocolate 'chip' cookies
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The baking sheet wouldn't fit in the oven. Colin fixed it.
The baking sheet wouldn't fit in the oven. Colin fixed it.
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Homemade pizza with feta, cheddar, garlic, olives, green peppers and onions: delicious!
Homemade pizza with feta, cheddar, garlic, olives, green peppers and onions: delicious!
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The most delicious apple crisp I've ever made. Looked a little funky but was a great American dessert for the 4th of July!
The most delicious apple crisp I've ever made. Looked a little funky but was a great American dessert for the 4th of July!
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Colin's plumbing adventure: Removes hot and cold faucets from the wall successfully
Colin's plumbing adventure: Removes hot and cold faucets from the wall successfully
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Colin's plumbing adventure: Removing the original fixture
Colin's plumbing adventure: Removing the original fixture
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Colin's plumbing adventure: Colin is very sad that the pipes coming out of the wall are too far apart!
Colin's plumbing adventure: Colin is very sad that the pipes coming out of the wall are too far apart!
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Colin's plumbing adventure: New fixture connections too close together
Colin's plumbing adventure: New fixture connections too close together
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Beginning our painting adventure: this was the spare room but we decided to change it to the living room. And, yes, it is orange.
Beginning our painting adventure: this was the spare room but we decided to change it to the living room. And, yes, it is orange.
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Colin very carefully painting around the edges
Colin very carefully painting around the edges
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We got these awesome John Deere shirts from the place where we bought the paint. They instantly became our painting shirts.
We got these awesome John Deere shirts from the place where we bought the paint. They instantly became our painting shirts.
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The bracelet you get when you go to Tebelopele to get tested for HIV/AIDS. 'Zebras' is their national football(soccer) team
The bracelet you get when you go to Tebelopele to get tested for HIV/AIDS. 'Zebras' is their national football(soccer) team
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It is Setswana for 'I know my status'
It is Setswana for 'I know my status'
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After we went for voluntary HIV-Testing (read our journal about our experience)
After we went for voluntary HIV-Testing (read our journal about our experience)
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The frog we found in our backyard.
The frog we found in our backyard.
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The geese decided they wanted to get into our laundry bucket of rinse water. We put up a fight though.
The geese decided they wanted to get into our laundry bucket of rinse water. We put up a fight though.
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Check out that intimidating stare
Check out that intimidating stare
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The decided this was a good spot to sunbathe. Right under our clothes in our backyard.
The decided this was a good spot to sunbathe. Right under our clothes in our backyard.
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Just an awesome picture.
Just an awesome picture.
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Went on a hike and had to get up at about 5:30am. Hence the coffee in my hand.
Went on a hike and had to get up at about 5:30am. Hence the coffee in my hand.
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Indiana out adventuring again
Indiana out adventuring again
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Richard, Colin's counterpart at Camphill, leading the way up the mountain.
Richard, Colin's counterpart at Camphill, leading the way up the mountain.
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View from the top: Otse village below
View from the top: Otse village below
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A piece of pottery that we found in a cave on our hike. Probably about 150 years old. You can almost see the design around the edge.
A piece of pottery that we found in a cave on our hike. Probably about 150 years old. You can almost see the design around the edge.
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All The Places We Went

Playing pick up sticks with our host dad
Playing pick up sticks with our host dad
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Making fried potatoes in Botswana
Making fried potatoes in Botswana
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Host Family Living Room
Host Family Living Room
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Mma Barati making the chickens very happy
Mma Barati making the chickens very happy
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Sweet picture
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Adventure hike with Indiana
Adventure hike with Indiana
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Go COUGS!!
Go COUGS!!
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Baboons!!
Baboons!!
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Our new back porch
Our new back porch
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Our front door (our house includes everything to the left of the door)
Our front door (our house includes everything to the left of the door)
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Very proud (and ornery) family of geese in Camphill
Very proud (and ornery) family of geese in Camphill
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Before Picture: Living Room (we plan on painting)
Before Picture: Living Room (we plan on painting)
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Before Picture: Bedroom
Before Picture: Bedroom
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Before Picture: Kitchen
Before Picture: Kitchen
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So happy in Otse!
So happy in Otse!
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Camphill gardens
Camphill gardens
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Watering the gardens
Watering the gardens
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First walk around Otse
First walk around Otse
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Fuzzy Navels (we took this picture at night with high exposure)
Fuzzy Navels (we took this picture at night with high exposure)
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Just about to begin the swearing-in ceremony
Just about to begin the swearing-in ceremony
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All the NGO Peace Corps volunteers..what a great group!
All the NGO Peace Corps volunteers..what a great group!
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Super happy new volunteers!
Super happy new volunteers!
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Shadowing in D'Kar

There is nothing like the Botswana sky
There is nothing like the Botswana sky
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Yes, he is sleeping
Yes, he is sleeping
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This painting was in honor of a Kuru artist who had died. It is in the local museum
This painting was in honor of a Kuru artist who had died. It is in the local museum
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Director of D'Kar trust informing the citizens of the projects they are working on
Director of D'Kar trust informing the citizens of the projects they are working on
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Citizens of D'Kar at the Kgotla meeting
Citizens of D'Kar at the Kgotla meeting
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Training Adventures

Still looking a bit tired
Still looking a bit tired
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Families on the left, Trainees on the right
Families on the left, Trainees on the right
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Colin with our Botswana home in the background
Colin with our Botswana home in the background
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The view from our front veranda
The view from our front veranda
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Peggy and Kaone
Peggy and Kaone
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First Molepolole Sunset from our home
First Molepolole Sunset from our home
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Kgotla (community meeting place)  Our host dad is the kgosi (chief) of this kgotla
Kgotla (community meeting place) Our host dad is the kgosi (chief) of this kgotla
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Kaone, Peggy and I
Kaone, Peggy and I
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Bonno, our host brother
Bonno, our host brother
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The sky is sooooo expansive here...just keeps going and going
The sky is sooooo expansive here...just keeps going and going
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Feeding the koko (chicken)
Feeding the koko (chicken)
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No microscope needed here
No microscope needed here
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Indiana and his bug :)
Indiana and his bug :)
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All of our trainees in the church where we are doing a workshop on condom and HIV/AIDS education
All of our trainees in the church where we are doing a workshop on condom and HIV/AIDS education
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Washing our clothes by hand
Washing our clothes by hand
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Our pit latrine in the back there
Our pit latrine in the back there
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Rra and Mma having their morning tea
Rra and Mma having their morning tea
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En Route

All the luggage with us at the Dulles Airport
All the luggage with us at the Dulles Airport
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At the gate waiting to board the plane to Johannesburg, South Africa
At the gate waiting to board the plane to Johannesburg, South Africa
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15 hours later...waiting to board the bus to take us to our hotel in Jo-Burg
15 hours later...waiting to board the bus to take us to our hotel in Jo-Burg
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Bus to Bots
Bus to Bots
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Our New Home!!!
Our New Home!!!
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Very happy to be in Botswana! We had to walk across the border and it was awesome!
Very happy to be in Botswana! We had to walk across the border and it was awesome!
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Packing up in Maple Valley

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Walk Around D.C.

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Death Valley 2009

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Our Peace Corps Invitation

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Jayda and Iris Weekend

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January 09

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Walla Thanksgivin' Tree

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Weekend with Sista

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All Hallow's Eve 2008

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The short version of our story....

We met during fall semester 2006 at Rico's Pub in Pullman, WA through a mutual friend.  And the rest is history.... 


We were married on our 1 year dating anniversary (Dec. 15, 2007) and had our wedding celebration with family and friends on July 26, 2008. 


One of our biggest adventure started on April 16, 2009 when we headed to Botswana to do business development work in the Peace Corps. And what an amazing adventure it was! Challenges and triumphs abounded during this invaluable experience. The 2+ years we spent living, working and traveling in Africa have forever changed the lenses with which we see the world.


And now we are off to our next venture in life: teaching English in South Korea! We arrived on February 25, 2012 and have plans to teach here for the next 2 years. Come visit us!!

We love spending time with our family and friends and dearly miss them whenever we are away.  This website serves as a communication forum between us and the world wherever we may be.


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