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Thing #18

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Dawn.

Everyone has a friend or two who teaches you how to be a better friend to others.  A perfect example of such an influence in my life was my randomly assigned freshman roomie, Becca Bernstein.  Becca taught me how to be a good friend to others by being a great friend to me, always.  Dawn is one of those kinds ..read more

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Thing #17

Peace Corps Volunteer friends.

You join the Peace Corps and you get government issued friends.  We were issued  a group of more than 70 people from all over the US (and beyond). A wide variety of people with one common thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Our whole Bots15 group, minus those napping, on our first day in Boswana)

It is a truly random mix of people.  People ..read more

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Thing #16

Atang. Tankiso. Larona. You probably think of them as the kids that show up in our pictures. Or our neighbors. Or maybe you’ve said hello to them on Skype or FaceTime. But they are more than that to us. They are our friends. Our surrogate family. The ones we miss when they are away. And the ones we wish would leave ..read more

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Thing #15

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Public transportation.

One thing that is pretty amazing about Botswana is the system of combis (small busses/big vans), taxis and busses that can “easily” get you anywhere you need to go. There are no schedules posted, if they are posted they aren’t quite accurate, but somehow the system just works.

(A combi running a local Kanye route, this one doesn’t leave the ..read more

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Thing #14

Picnics!

Before we left Philadelphia we started having “picnics in the park” – they were all day, lazy, drunken, bocce, friend filled potlucks. It was one of my favotie things to do. There is not a lot to “do” or places to go in Kanye.  There are no parks or coffee shops and very few restaurants.  If you want to find ..read more

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