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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

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Right before I left, a coworker said “you’ll know. You’ll know in a year if you’ll be ready to come back or not.”

I could have told her then, and with certainty, that I wasn’t going to be ready. And, sure enough, as the months in Botswana ticked by, I was less and less pleased with the idea of going home. Part of it was the fact that I finally got my feet under me sometime in March. Part of it – most of it – was that I have many projects up in the air, not the least of which is my work with five MA students, who I very much want to see graduate.

Part of it – and I hate to admit this – was the fact that I just wasn’t ready. I wanted more and more and more.

Lucky me. We’re staying another year.

For those of us on teaching grants, Fulbright allows for a renewal – taking into account, I think, situations like the one in which I find myself with my graduate students. I applied for a renewal five days before the deadline and found out in late April that it had been approved.

So. We’re in Botswana for another year. We’re glad.  Between now and then, I’ll work on graduating students, prepping classes (the department, understaffed and bursting at the seams with students, was thrilled to hand me five classes next semester. I was thrilled to take them), and experiencing as much as I can of Botswana.

I can already tell, with certainty, that I’ll be much more ready to go home this time next May.

Then again, maybe not.

 

5 comments on “Wonder Why We Ever Go Home

  1. Barbara says:

    WOW!! Congratulations, so many more adventures, so many more blog posts. Missoula will have to wait to throw a welcome home party but we are happy for you!

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    1. cosedivine says:

      Thanks Barbara!! I know you know how much we love it here. It’s a great combination – another year of hard work and adventure and then a wonderful place to come home to!!

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  2. Kim says:

    You _are_ lucky! Congratulations! 🙂

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    1. cosedivine says:

      Thanks Kim!!! We’re pretty excited! When will you be home?

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      1. Kim says:

        We fly to the US on July 19 and plan to be in Missoula in August. We’re trying to enjoy our remaining time here!

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