At SEATAC Airport....
Notice the slight 'detour' we had to take around a certain northern neighbor's airspace
Only a few hours into the flight....
Amazing buffet for all the teachers!! Probably some of the best sushi we've ever had...
Quite the rusty outdoor elliptical
Main entrance lobby area of our school
Looking from the lobby towards the Safari classroom
A few of our late afternoon 5-6 year old students
Few of our 5-6 year old students....pig tails!
English Village- center stage!!
English Village - Immigration and Bank of Korea
English Village - Airplane
English Village - Market
English Village - Beauty Shop, Fire Station, Store and Police Station
'English Village' Classroom
Real airplane chairs
Teachers Room - Our workspace
1.8 liters = 60oz = $4 = Pretty Awesome
End to our first night out in Seoul (capital city) with our dear friend Sadie- TACO BELL
No cheese in them
Leah's first task upon arriving in Botswana
Leah and Colin standing on top of 2.5 million year old rocks!
Our luxury room in Johannesburg, South Africa
We did light a fire in that fireplace
Amy behind bar pouring herself a glass of wine
Shock and awe about Amy's mad dancin' skilz
Safety Pin-Nelson Mandela was happy to meet Colin
Check that out!
Oceanside in Accra
Colin sporting his Ghanaian pride
Dinner with Yaw
We made friends during our 5 hour wait for the bus
Lots of new friends!
Sea of Mangoes!
At local bus station at 10:30pm...still hoppin'!
Careful Leah...careful....he/she looks hungry
Nana's meeting place
We were welcomed to Nana's village, Bamboi, with a traditional ceremony here
Best avocados you've ever had in your life..ok...Malawi might have been better
Our welcome ceremony with dancing
Steve dancing it up!
How many kids can you fit on a bike?
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
Leah teaching students Ultimate Frisbee!
They loved it!
Talking to some teachers about the rules of the game
Follow the leader....
View from hostel in Kumasi, Ghana
Square peg in a round hole
Largest outdoor market in west africa
Fresh coconut milk/water
Who knew this became so popular in the US while we were gone?
With our lovely host and his family in Kumasi
Our traveling gang
This is how enthusiastic I was all the time
BEST sandwich: cucumber, banana, and fresh ground peanut butter!!
Brotherly and sisterly love
Next stop: Elmina, Ghana
Got caught in a little rainstorm...great time to stop and have a local beer
Delicious meal on the ocean
View from our hotel room in Elmina
Visiting Elmina slave castle
Elmina slave castle
Read the sign above the entrance
Leah on top of slave castle
View of Elmina
She was finally able to pick up a stray kitty!!
Pulling in the catch for the day
Now that is balance
These little girls were selling water satchels
Festival in Elmina
Opening up the lagoon to the fishing season
Kids were running around wearing these visors
Obama is hanging out on Leah's visor
Everybody wanted to get a good view
The parade of chiefs!!
Those guys underneath have to be exhausted
Some chiefs got really in to the music!
Gold is huge in Ghana
Female chiefs too!
The streets were packed
Next stop: Busua, Ghana!
Can't drive there...had to walk across this bridge
Our treehouse at Ellis Hideout
Soak it in
Check out the awesome construction of that bridge...it gets the job done!
Us on top of the old fort
Leah teaching primary school students in Busua how to throw a disc
Leah donating discs to head teacher
Can you find the snake in our treehouse?
This place rocked our socks off
Zion's place in Busua
This was Zion's front yard...wow
He made us a fresh meal with ingredients from his garden
Zion and Us
He was a great guy to hang out with and a great chef!
Leah trying to pet a baby sheep
In neighboring village of Butre
A dog's life
Burrito in Butre
Muddy trail between Busua and Butre
View of Busua from above
Amy walking by the ocean
Yes she is running with a sewing machine on her head
Design that the water naturally made in the sand
Colin's picture taking here
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
I drew quite the crowd when I wanted to buy some roasted corn on the cob from a street vendor
Round #2: Malawi!!
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)
Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Sonia poppin' open a Coca-Cola the old school way
The view from our chalet
At Mayoka Village Beach Lodge, Nkhata Bay, Lake Malawi
Colin reading on our front porch
Inside of our chalet
Swimming in Lake Malawi
Paul playing in the darts competition!
Colin won! He got a free wood-fired pizza :)
Paul and Colin shootin' some pool
Amy and Annie Rose in main hang out at lodge
That is alot of firewood
Look at how steep those stairs are? Amazing!
Karen lounging in the hammock
Now that is the life...
Prepping for scuba diving
Colin getting wet to get his wetsuit on!
Everybody's got a little captain in 'em
Getting geared up
The brave souls: Colin and Karen
Their first time!
Karen accidentally spit in Colin's goggles :)
READY! SET! DIVE!
Practice makes perfect
Downtown Nkhata Bay
Our personal jewelry designer
Fishing in a dugout 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
We are a little sunburned
Annie Rose, Sonia, Amy, Paul, Colin, Karen
Our fellow Peace Corps Volunteers
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!!
We got a free night's stay for helping out!
Mmm...grilled fresh fish
Too much fun in the kitchen!
Cooking the tortillas
Finished product! The customers loved it!
What we spent alot of time doing...relaxation
Shisto! The best running partner!
Can you see the river coming down the stairs? End of rainy season
Bao Game: Traditional Malawian Game
We brought a board home with us if you want to learn!
One of the coolest toilets we've ever seen
Toilet, Ash, and Woodchips
You put one scoop of each in after using the toilet
Too much fun on the plane
They shouldn't give out free beer and wine on the plane
The whole gang: John, Amy, Sadie and Colin
John's Picture of Colin
Colin's Picture of John
First Lesotho Sunrise
Coffee before hike
Hiking: Day 1
We still look happy and energetic...
The horses refused to cross the bridge
But we were able to cross the bridge just fine
Can you see the horses?
They were really stubborn
Our Hut: Night #1
Middle of nowhere....see the satelite?
The horse made it so my shoes didn't get wet..nice horsey
Don't worry....it was just the camelbak
We were following the cows..they knew the way.
Lunch...we're looking tired
Checking out the waterfall
Took this picture for my mom :)
Break time at the top
Green and more green
Stayed in the woman on the right's hut
I was just imitating what the little boy taught me
Our hut: Night #2
Looking dirtier and more tired
Our hut: Night #3
Our guide in a traditional Lesotho blanket
Oatmeal....breakfast of champions
These rocks were treacherous
The local children totally showed us up
Following the kids to school
Colin might have been chasing the children...
Colin likes rock
Traditional band playing some traditional instruments
New Years Flood Kittens!
Colin holding Steffi's pet mouse, Max
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
You'll have to ask Colin to tell you the story
Colin chops frozen goat meat with a machete
Giraffe we saw on our drive to 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...
Base of Victoria Falls
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....
This is right before we flipped.
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
View from Victoria Falls Bridge
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
Doesn't he look a little terrified?
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
Just for you Dad Trudnowski....just for you.... :)
We were putting on harnesses to go on tour of Vic Falls bridge
View of Vic Falls from the Vic Falls Bridge
Amy and the Mighty Victoria Falls
The gang during the Vic Falls bridge tour
Pretty cool history there
Amy and Vic falls Bridge
Essential support staff for bungee jumpers
These are the guys who pull you back to safety post-jump
Colin's soon-to-be best friends :)
Don't look down!
This bridge is over 100 years old and still in tip-top shape!
At the end of bridge tour
They wrote his weight and other specs on his arm with permanent marker
Look at that form!
I'd give him an 8.4 :)
Headed straight for the rocks! Ah!!!
Safely bouncing above the water
I think he just realized that he really liked it
Hey everyone! I just did one of the highest bungee jumps in the world!
Safe and sound...taking a ride back up
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
Colin's sandals became mini boats
Nice to know they float!
View out our kitchen door
Colin made a barricade to keep some water out
View right outside our kitchen door
We were in the path of the newly formed river
View out our spare room window
So much water!
Our backyard turned river. You see the clothes on the line?
Barricade Colin created to keep water in kitchen
Sisi has no idea what is going on
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
Sisis's kittens don't look anything like her
She had 4 little white furballs
Look at that cute little face!
Only 2 days old....
Some eat and some just sleep...
3 brothers and 1 sister
I think they look like little mini bears
Doesn't Sisi look so happy? :)
African Animals Attack!!
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.
Those things are massive!
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
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
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
Left to Right: Dirang, our driver; Mighty, our Receptionist; Phenyo, our cleaner; Random Dude between Mom and Colin - No idea
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
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
Here is Amy's office! And her office combi (mini-bus)!
Large termite mound + 3 small people
Hammie and Hotdog were very fond of Dad's lap while he was reading...
And the trip begins! Cheers!
This was the first night of our safari adventure in Maun.
Our 'traditional' huts we lodged at in Maun
Moremi Game Reserve - Day 1
Just hanging out by the watering hole...
They were everywhere!
Colin was the king of the ant hill for a second
These were called 'red' somethings....
Impala with one sad horn....
Can you see it? Can you see the GIGANTIC lizard-thingy on the tree?
Ahh...it's a baby elephant!
One of the 7 times we got stuck on day 1 of the safari
Sunset over the Okavango Delta
A stork perhaps?
Our elegant dinner table in the bush
Fill that top part with hot water. Turn nozzle. Bathe. Done.
Sunrise (I think)
Itty bitty frog
It may be small but it can make a VERY loud noise at night.
What lies ahead....
Wind blown and sunburned
But still smiling!
Dad looks very enthused
African version of a camp robber
They have blue heads
When birds attack!
Tree o' Monkeys!
Just reach a little bit further....
The colors made the field look like it was on fire
Mom and Amy
Riding through the channels of the Okavango Delta
We had just started out when we came to an elephant crossing our path. Awesome!
Nice hat Colin
Elephant in the distance
Gorgeous water flower
You can eat the part that grows underwater
Birds enjoying the water
Can't remember what they were called...
Check out that size comparison!
Our Home Sweet Home in the Bush
There were probably over 1000 buffalo in this herd
Male Cape Buffalo
Don't we look excited to be awake so early in the morning?
Our guides and their support
2 guides, 1 cook, and 1 grunt-work man
New Bridge, Old bridge to the left
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
Anybody get the Oregon Trail reference there?
What happened to your other shoe Mom?
Ostrich Mama laying on her eggs
The mother and father take turns laying on the eggs.
African camp robber
Waiting for us to drop some food...
Heaviest bird in the world that can still take flight
Lonely Bull Elephant
He was all by himself which is not uncommon. He was very old.
We got lucky to see this one super early in the morning in Savuti.
The most we ever saw of a lion
These are so rare! We were very very lucky to see a whole pack of them.
This was right after they failed to catch some Impala for lunch.
We saw them swim across the river!
We also captured this on video
Young male Steenbok!
They travel alone starting at a very young age
Chobe River Valley
Chobe River Valley with fisherman
Massive Male Kudu. (They are quite tasty as well)
The most we saw of a Hippo
Tree with vultures
Breathtaking photo at sunset
Pa and Ma in their safari hats
Colin and Amy - I think we just woke up
Roan Antelope....I think
The whole gang on the last day
On our way to Victoria Falls
One of the biggest Baobab trees in the world....I think :)
Created rainbows in the afternoon
Mom and Me and Vic Falls
We got 'rained' on quite a bit
Dad and Me and Vic Falls
Mom and Me and Dad and Vic Falls
Sweet Map of Zambezi
Mama Africa Menu Board
We ate here after our trip to Vic Falls
Our beverages of choice
Sunset on the Chobe River
Look at all our fun stuff we got!
Chobe Safari Lodge
Not too shabby...
Traditional Tswana dancing during dinner
Last night with our guide Lucky
Children in Francistown at our friend, Mike's, NGO
Mom had a great time with these girls
Real life in Botswana!
Not your typical road blocks
Our Life Line Youth Group
We were teaching them how to play Scrabble that day.
From our bedroom window
From our chalet's balcony
Tropical paradise view from our chalet
Chillin' on our balcony that overlooked the ocean
Sitting and dining room of our chalet
Kitchen in our chalet
Now this is the life...
Sweet picture at low tide
Walking the beach at low tide
Had to give our boat a little push
Expansive beautiful ocean water
The island we were headed to off coast of Mozam
Colin's ridiculous hat and me :)
We were on the boat to the island
Our friends James and Sadie
They were trying to mimic the Pappajohns. :)
Amy was trying not to laugh while this picture was taken.
Amy and Alex
Look how clear the water is! Gorgeous!
Sadie's leg gets its photo debut!
Just a cool looking photo
Sadie and Amy...bad to the bone?
Sadie in the Pappajohn Sandwich
Local produce market in Mozambique
We had to barter for everything we bought....from potatoes to fish.
Karen's birthday dinner fish!
Getting a ride back to our chalet
Colin was very happy about this
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
Colin decided to play with some local kids...
Colin vs. Local Kids: THE RACE
Colin sort of won but most of these kids were barefoot.
View from another hotel
Colin being his usual monkey-self
Just us...once again
All dolled up for our fancy dinner out
A depiction of our relaxing vacation
Colin in a Karen A and James Sandwich
Alex and Amy looking hot
Very bright Pappajohns
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
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 Diner Car
I was bored. We were on the train for 26 hours.
Sunrise over South Africa
I think I can!
Twas a bit chilly on the train
The mountains of wine country
On our hotel balcony!
Chocolate muffin with the top dipped in chocolate and then topped with chocolate chips
Wine tasting tour
Highly highly recommended!!
This is before we started tasting wine for the day...
Goat Play House
This was in the middle of the courtyard of the first winery we went to...awesome
We sat outside and sipped some deliciously unique vino
Remnants of original building under glass floor
Can you see our purple lips?
We ate an amazing lunch here after our first 2 wineries.
Art display outside winery #3
The branches were made from words
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
It was fun to see how they make wine
Fall in South African wine country
Just us...about to do wine tasting #4
Delicious sparkling wine!
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
Crazy atmosphere with live music. We tried kudu, ostrich, crocodile and impala here. The crocodile was our favorite!
Live music..how we miss thee
Yes...we are so American. It was an amazing meal though. Sausage egg mcmuffin....
Gorgeous Cape Town
Still beautiful even on an overcast day
Probably some of the best sushi we've ever had.
Mmm......yummy hand rolls....
We want to go back...
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.
All dolled up for our big night on the town
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.
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
Served with an unwooded Chardonnay
Delicious bread in fancy shapes
Course #3: Duck rillettes, terrine and pate
Served with Sauvignon Blanc
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
Served with a Shiraz
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
Served with a Pinot Noir We were almost in pain at this point from how full we were...
Our view out our little window
Course #8: Passion fruit jellied fruit salad, canolli and sorbet
Served with a Noble Late Harvest
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
Hotdog...a few hours after birth
Hammie has a very colorful face
This is how they sleep when Mom goes out to play
The skinny one, Hotdog, always triumphs the chubby one, Hammie
Compare the size of Mama paw vs. Baby paw
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
Ryan and Lucas, fellow PCVs
Our ride out to the Sua Pan
We fit almost 30 people in that flat bed. It was a bit crammed.
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
Found this guy crawling around by the tents and sleeping bags
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
They had moved in closer because of all the water on the pans after the storm.
The storm had weathered us.
Sunset in Kasane
The Zambezi river was flooded at this point which made for a great picture opportunity.
Semi Trucks driving through flood water
They had to do it to get on the ferry
Getting on the ferry to cross Zambezi river
It was just a little bit flooded.
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!
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
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
Supposedly you aren't supposed to go in Lake Malawi, but how could we resist?
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!
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
I was falling asleep to the sound of the Lake Malawi waves and the drums.
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 reflection on the ridge
Sunrise over Lake Malawi
We want to go back...
Waking up to the sunrise over the lake
Some Malawian kids by the lake
Not sure if they are playing or working or both.
This toilet was at the campsite that we stayed at in Chitimba, Malawi (right on Lake Malawi).
Mdokera and his wife
What a great place to stay in Malawi!
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
It was a road the whole way but quite a bit of elevation gain.
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
These kids were a lot of fun to watch dance and sing. Such hospitality.
The girls performing a song and dance
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
Hard to describe our experience in words
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
Crossing the big 'bridge'
I wasn't scared. Can't you see it in my face? :)
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.
The Shire: MALAWI
Does that not look just like the Shire from Lord of the Rings? Beautiful!
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.
Looking weathered on hiking day #2
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
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
We camped here for 2 nights. It was right on the edge of Nyika National Park.
Our badass guide, Andrew
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
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
They were cute for the first few hours but then they started stealing things. Not cool.
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
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.
This day of elevation gain killed our muscles. Day 4 was the only relief we had where it was more flat.
We just kept hiking up...and up...and up
The gang spelling 'Nyika Park' in sign language
Look at our hands. :)
Clouds rolled over the plateau
Beautiful to hike through....
Sorry for so many landscape pictures but they were too amazing not to post.
Hiking on Nyika Plateau
Amy crossing the bridge...this one was more difficult
John was very excited to cross the little bridge
Hiking the plateau
Yes, plateaus go up and down. They aren't just flat.
Taking a break on our last day of hiking
Zebras are common on the Nyika Plateau.
The Nyika plateau was beautiful
Just stunning landscape.
Sorry...we aren't very good with animal names.
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
We were soooooooooooo tired.
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
Took a while to make but it was fun
Little baby bootie I made. Not for any reason inparticular.
All of us learning together on the last day
Tonic and Lesego: Our awesome language instructors
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
The whole gang on top of Vulture Hill in Otse
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
Bringing in the new year...Africa style!
Frog in our house....nice change from the usual toads.
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Talk about a rain storm...
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The gang hanging out by the 'lake' in Kanye
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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
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Just a cool photo
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Little too much fun with fireworks
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Our friend, Lauren, admiring the sunset
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Traveling in style
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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.
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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...
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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.
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Running Man...and Woman?
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Awesome 'jump shot'
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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
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Lookin a little windburned
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The Atlantic Ocean
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The Dune-Ridin' group with our guide
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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
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
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The little dark ones were baby sea lions! :)
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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.
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"It's About Time We Posted Some Pictures" Pictures
The happy family...once again
Most recent kitty bath
Yarn in my face = grumpy kitty
Made this little handbag for my niece, Jayda
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.
We had a limited supply of cups in Sowa Town
This is Alex, our fellow Peace Corps volunteer, btw
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
Indiana and I out on the Sua Salt Pans
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.
Wouldn't that make an awesome design for flooring in a house?
Close up of how the pans crack under the dry heat
Colin and Mike admiring the rocks
Hanging out in the pans
Jillian, our wonderful host in Sowa Town, is about to cut into her delicious birthday cake
Karen looking fabulous as a gypsy
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
Megan sportin' it as the Statue of Liberty
We gave ourselves black eyes...we were the black-eyed p's....yeah...lame...we know
Erin, Xena Warrior Princess; Carey the Rat; Mish as Starbuck off of Battlestar Galactica
Third Place: Sadie as a female condom
Our garden after things started growing
Baby zucchini growing quite nicely. It is called Baby Marrow here in Botswana
Stringless green beans grew very fast
We created a sack garden to grow lettuce
The beginnings of our SWEET onions! Woo hoo!
Eggplant seedlings...they are growing very very slowly
Baby spinach....mmmmm...so good
Roma tomato plants. They are about twice that size now.
Our little hot pepper plants
We bought this at the local grocery store. Yes...they are connected in the middle.
Mulberries from the gigantic mulberry tree by our house. I made mulberry jam and mulberry cobbler
Some residents of Camphill playing field hockey right outside our home
The last room we painted: the kitchen
We gave the geese a drink
Went hiking up the vulture mountain with Stuart and Phoebe, fellow PCVs
Summited vulture mountain with Colin's parents
Gee Alex...can't you see the sign?
This is the workings of Sisi our cat
Like Mother...like kitty?
Khutse Game Reserve where Colin had a 2 day retreat.
Can you see the rainbow? Beautifully placed right over the house
Post storm beauty
Mr. Giraffe at the watering hole
Family of giraffes
Family of giraffes
These ostriches are quite large in person
Can't quite remember the name of this animal
Tried to capture the vivid red on this bird
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
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
Name that Sethunya (flower)!
Swingin' hammock in our backyard
Our ivy attempting to grow up the post at the corner of our patio
Our garden in the corner of our backyard where we will attempt to grow vegetables
This is the tree in our backyard...see those spikes coming off it...those can really hurt or be used as toothpicks
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
Artistically cool picture taken in our backyard...yeah...I'm bragging...but just a little bit
Birds of Paradise...I actually knew this one but forgot to label it...woops. :)
Kaffir Lily! Scientific Name: Clivia (These are soooooooooo beautiful in real life)
? (This one should be easy...not exactly a flower though)
Oh so pretty!
Half-bloomed calla lily! :)
The main walkway in the Camphill compound
Our neighbor working in the pottery workshop
Camphill employee making compost
Our neighbor making a Tau (lion)
Sleepy Sisi (O lapile)
Sisi's scratching post courtesy of Colin the Carpenter.
The box he used to make the playhouse was what our stove came in...now that is recycling!
Colin created an awesome kitty playhouse with shelves and all.
Mmmm....salt and vinegar chips!
Strike a pose
The happy family! (She does look a bit frightened though)
She is such a loveable kitty!
Do not enter my domain!
Just for fun
Kitty's first bath
She smells so minty fresh now!
Crochet and Cat Litter
Adventures in Otse
No rolling pin so had to use our waterbottle to roll out the tortillas.
Fryin' up the homemade tortillas
Making chocolate 'chip' cookies
The baking sheet wouldn't fit in the oven. Colin fixed it.
Homemade pizza with feta, cheddar, garlic, olives, green peppers and onions: delicious!
The most delicious apple crisp I've ever made. Looked a little funky but was a great American dessert for the 4th of July!
Colin's plumbing adventure: Removes hot and cold faucets from the wall successfully
Colin's plumbing adventure: Removing the original fixture
Colin's plumbing adventure: Colin is very sad that the pipes coming out of the wall are too far apart!
Colin's plumbing adventure: New fixture connections too close together
Beginning our painting adventure: this was the spare room but we decided to change it to the living room. And, yes, it is orange.
Colin very carefully painting around the edges
We got these awesome John Deere shirts from the place where we bought the paint. They instantly became our painting shirts.
The bracelet you get when you go to Tebelopele to get tested for HIV/AIDS. 'Zebras' is their national football(soccer) team
It is Setswana for 'I know my status'
After we went for voluntary HIV-Testing (read our journal about our experience)
The frog we found in our backyard.
The geese decided they wanted to get into our laundry bucket of rinse water. We put up a fight though.
Check out that intimidating stare
The decided this was a good spot to sunbathe. Right under our clothes in our backyard.
Just an awesome picture.
Went on a hike and had to get up at about 5:30am. Hence the coffee in my hand.
Indiana out adventuring again
Richard, Colin's counterpart at Camphill, leading the way up the mountain.
View from the top: Otse village below
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.
All The Places We Went
Playing pick up sticks with our host dad
Making fried potatoes in Botswana
Host Family Living Room
Mma Barati making the chickens very happy
Adventure hike with Indiana
Our new back porch
Our front door (our house includes everything to the left of the door)
Very proud (and ornery) family of geese in Camphill
Before Picture: Living Room (we plan on painting)
Before Picture: Bedroom
Before Picture: Kitchen
So happy in Otse!
Watering the gardens
First walk around Otse
Fuzzy Navels (we took this picture at night with high exposure)
Just about to begin the swearing-in ceremony
All the NGO Peace Corps volunteers..what a great group!
Super happy new volunteers!
Shadowing in D'Kar
There is nothing like the Botswana sky
Yes, he is sleeping
This painting was in honor of a Kuru artist who had died. It is in the local museum
Director of D'Kar trust informing the citizens of the projects they are working on
Citizens of D'Kar at the Kgotla meeting
Still looking a bit tired
Families on the left, Trainees on the right
Colin with our Botswana home in the background
The view from our front veranda
Peggy and Kaone
First Molepolole Sunset from our home
Kgotla (community meeting place) Our host dad is the kgosi (chief) of this kgotla
Kaone, Peggy and I
Bonno, our host brother
The sky is sooooo expansive here...just keeps going and going
Feeding the koko (chicken)
No microscope needed here
Indiana and his bug :)
All of our trainees in the church where we are doing a workshop on condom and HIV/AIDS education
Washing our clothes by hand
Our pit latrine in the back there
Rra and Mma having their morning tea
All the luggage with us at the Dulles Airport
At the gate waiting to board the plane to Johannesburg, South Africa
15 hours later...waiting to board the bus to take us to our hotel in Jo-Burg
Bus to Bots
Our New Home!!!
Very happy to be in Botswana! We had to walk across the border and it was awesome!
Packing up in Maple Valley
Walk Around D.C.
Death Valley 2009
Our Peace Corps Invitation
Jayda and Iris Weekend
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Weekend with Sista
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