Favorites and Firsts, all in 3 months’ work
April 28 to May 12, 2013
This last two weeks began with a move from our beloved bush camp in Khwai’s NG 19 to Banoka Camp, operated by Wilderness Safaris, in neighboring NG 18. Staying in the staff quarters, our group particularly appreciated the hospitality extended by the Banoka mangers and staff who shared their space with our group. On Wednesday, we finished up our work in NG 18/19, saying goodbye to our final group of escort guides. Driving through Moremi, we returned to Dibatana for a final week of projects and exams before heading back to Maun to spend our last few days at Island Safari Lodge
What was your favorite…
Animal to listen to at night?
Hyena – Sarah
Lion (tau in Setswana) – Sixteen
Pearl spotted owlet – Susanna
Food to cook over a campfire?
Susie’s birthday apple pie – Susanna
Vegetable quiche – Phoebe
Susie’s birthday pizza – Matt and Sam
Garlic naan – Susie
(“Boiling water was pretty easy” – Jack)
Luxury item you didn’t miss the most?
Pillow – Sam
The New York Times – Phoebe
A roof over my head- Sarah
Paved roads – Matt
My bed – Sixteen
Phrase picked up in Botswana?
Sharp (okay, good, fine- pronounced like shop) e.g. Sharp, see you later. – Sarah
Ga gona diphuduhudu (There are no steenbok) – Jack
I don’t go for that one e.g. Does that have meat in it? I don’t go for that one. – Susanna
Thank you please e.g. Can you pass me the balsamic, Sam? Thank you please. – Phoebe
The Chobe River cruise with Franz at the wheel and the wind blowing on my face – Susie
Discussions at NG 41 East side bush camp – Jack
Roof rack during point counts – Phoebe
And for those lucky fall 2013 students… What do you wish you brought?
My hammock – Sixteen and Susie
Needle and thread – Phoebe
Frisbee – Jack
Significantly fewer things- Matt
During our time in Botswana …
I made a fire on my own… (Susanna)
I grew a beard… (Jack)
I ate butternut squash and Indian food… (Sam)
I taught a college course… (Matt)
I thought I was going to get trampled by wild animals in my sleep… (Sarah)
I saw wild dogs… (Susie)
I identified birds on my own, without my parents… (Phoebe)
I was part of a group for so long, and it helped me to broaden my mind a little bit… (Sixteen)
… for the FIRST TIME!