It’s a weird feeling – packing whatever you can fit into 2 bags, 100lbs to take 8,000 miles away for two years and saying goodbye to your life and loved ones. You may have a plan to come visit home or have loved ones visit you during your Peace Corps service but you also just don’t know for sure because sometimes life just has a habit of getting in the way. I left for Peace Corps hoping I would be fortunate enough to come home 16 months into my Peace Corps service for Christmas. When I got the news my father was planning a visit in June, I could not have been more excited. Pacing around my house, telling P how excited I was, looking up travel plans for his visit. I started a countdown in my phone. I was an anxious mess. Not only was the idea of getting to see my father after 10 months exciting, but it is really amazing to be able to share a part of my world with my loved ones. Facebook, Instagram, blogging, phonecalls, etc just don’t quite do it justice. Until you’re able to walk around my village, see Katlo’s smile in person, experience the way I live, interact with my community – those are just things you can’t understand til you arrive in Botswana. Hope you all enjoy the photos of our trip as much as we enjoyed being together!
320 days and we are FINALLY reunited! 🙂
There is nothing cuter than when your smallnyana bestie and your dad have a bonding moment playing balloonies.
Destination #1: Nata Lodge
Drive on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans!
Dad learning to take selfies with the forward facing camera – GAME CHANGER
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans!
Sunsets & salt pans
10 months in Botswana and FINALLY saw an elephant! Just boppin around on the side of the road.
En route to destination #2: Kasane
Boat cruise on the Chobe river!
Sunrise on the Chobe river
Chobe National Park game drive selfies!
Destination #3: Victoria Falls! One of the seven natural wonders of the world
Indian food date night!
Destination #4: Elephant Sands
Is there anything better than happy hour and elephants?
home is where your cat is
My wonderful landlady, Mma Monyatsi, my sweet Katlo, and daddy!
Embracing the village life and doing all of our laundry!
and learning how to share meals with Queen P
Someone was quite popular with the kiddos in my village
Just your average game of tackle frisbee
Destination #6: Khama Rhino Sanctuary with my girls!
Destination #7: Serowe! American family meets Botswana family
Destination #8: Maun! So lucky to have all my Bots besties together to meet my dad
Tswana style 4th of July!
What better way to celebrate America than a booze cruise on the Okavango Delta?
I am forever thankful for the two weeks dad and I spent road tripping around Botswana. Ke a go rata thata.