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This is Botswana. Steve and two complete strangers fixing Toto, who had two rear bushings improperly installed, resulting in the entire back axle shifting forward. We started two years ago with the kindness of strangers and we end that way. This is typical of the kindness and character of Batswana. Not only are they helping fix the truck, they said “my home is your home.” #botswana #botswanaisbest #payitforward #totothelandrover #kindnessofstrangers #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #botho #roadsidemechanic #landroverlife #landroverdefender #defender110 #onelifeliveit
After two weeks in the shop, major parts replacements, and more money than we should have spent, we spent our 18th anniversary swapping the brake pads that were improperly installed and trying to fix the bushings that were brand new as of yesterday. Posted up at SOS Children’s Village thanks to the kindness of a Motswana who spent his ENTIRE afternoon under the truck with Steve. Tomorrow, we start over. #happyanniversary #kindnessofstrangers #rollwiththepunches #landrover #defender110 #africaoverland #overlandafrica #overland #torothelandrover
We left Gabs this morning. Our farewell tour of Botswana begins as do many of our trips these days - with Toto on the side of the road and Steve with a wrench and manual. #landroverlife #cliche #landrover #defender110 #roadsiderepair #noreallyitsfine #readthemanual #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #totothelandrover
Two years ago, I stood in front of this classroom on my first day of teaching at UB. Today is my last day on a campus that has become home, with colleagues who have become friends, and with students who are going to change the world - at least as much as they changed me. #universityofbotswana #ub #gaborone #botswana #africa #classroom #highered #botswanaisbest #ilovethisplace

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Here are a few more photos from our road trip through Khutse and CKGR.

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Rainy season, but there are still lovely dried grasses.

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We love all animals, big and small. Here is the ground squirrel.

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Welcome to the Kalahari.

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Afternoon snack.

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Our first sighting in Khutse – Red Hartebeest, or kgama.

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Blue Wildebeest, Piper Pan.

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Always a winner. The gemsbok.

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This was all in fun. Piper Pan.

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One of these things is not like the others. Piper Pan.

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It can be hard to get a drink when you’re 14 feet tall. This guy took quite a while to get to the water, and slipped on the way.

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My favorites. Piper Pan.

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A juvenile giraffe, surveying Eden. Piper Pan.

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Just a little kitty cat. Piper Pan.

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Sisters. Piper Pan.

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Kalahari black-maned lion. Magnificent. Piper Pan.

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