Tour de Botswana, Part I

Like the great cycle ride through the country of France, I, too, experienced a great trek last week. Only, it wasn’t in France and I certainly didn’t bike. Thanks to the Fulbright Professional Development Grant and the MOE, both Maya and I (along with Ednah and Jobe, the Social Studies Advisor) were able to travel…

Speed bumps and Safaris

We all have that one special friend. You know, the kind that brings you a caramel latte when you’ve had a bad day, dreams about traveling the world more than you do, adopts you into their family, brings gas-x to every volleyball game you coach and talks the most crap out of anyone at your…

Notes from the field: Kgari Sechele II Senior Secondary

After a week spent in the UB library, it was exciting to visit another school this week. I love exploring areas outside of Gaborone and thankfully, this week I was in Molepolole. Molepolole is the largest village in the country. At nearly 68,000 people, it sits northwest of Gaborone and is home to one of the…

Storms are a-brewin’ in Botswana

So, there was a hurricane off the coast of Mozambique this last weekend. More than likely most of you didn’t know that but it consumed most everyone’s thoughts in Botswana these last few days. “Dineo this, Dineo that.” I had to actually ask who Dineo was. I guess being landlocked in Minnesota I don’t quite have…

Notes from the field: Mogoditshane Senior Secondary School

I was a bit closer to home this week as I visited Mogoditshane Senior School in the “village” of Mogoditshane. Just 30 minutes from my apartment and nearly 15,000 people,  the village is comprised of people from many different backgrounds who want to live near Gaborone but have cheaper living costs. I misspoke last week when I…

Notes from the field: Molefi Senior Secondary School

Before I begin this post, I just want to apologize for any future rambling that may occur on this blog. Honestly, there are a million things I would like to share every single day with you and I simply can’t make them all separate blog posts. Because you’d kill me. So, you’re going to have…

Dust and Documents

**Warning—for all of you who snoozed through history class, you may want to just scan this post. I’m going to nerd out. I love crime shows. I could spend all day in bed watching everything from Dateline to British detective shows on Netflix. I also love social studies, particularly history. I think the link between my…

Lions, Tigers and Giraffes–Oh My!!

I woke up yesterday and saw a giraffe. In the wild. Like, not a fake one or a sad one at the zoo. I saw a real giraffe in the wild. This is cause for two blog posts in one night. Yesterday, Maya, Marie (my new friend who is also on a fellowship) and her…

I’m not on vacation

I’m not on vacation. I’m not on vacation. I’m not on vacation. I mean, if you count leaving your job and the daily grind as going on vacation—then I’m on vacation. But, I’m not really on vacation. In fact, I started “working” this week. I say “work” because it doesn’t really feel like work to…

I joined a running club (NOT A JOKE)

There are some things in life I just won’t joke about. Running is one of them. Viewing an inauguration party at the US Ambassador’s house is another.  So, I’m not kidding when I say I accomplished both this weekend. While I’ve only been in Botswana a little over a week, I feel like I’ve been here for…

I’m alive!

Per request of my sister (who demands I blog twice a week….HELP US ALL), I thought I’d inform everyone that I have indeed made it to my new home, Gaborone. It’s everything I imagined and more. While there are literally a million different things I could write about, I thought I’d make this easier on…

Is it really a send-off if a prison escape isn’t involved?

[Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously long and ridiculously detailed blog post about my last week in Minnesota. Yes, it really is as ridiculous as I’ve mentioned. Sorry, I’m not sorry.] Send-off week? Wasn’t that like, three weeks ago? Yes. And I’ve pretty much celebrated my departure everyday since. This week was my official last week and…