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We get passport stamps, Toto gets stickers. Thanks for the hookup, @lasertech_botswana 🌍 #totothelandrover #overland #venturesomemore #overlander #overlanding #womenoverlandingtheworld #overlandafrica #africaoverland #africatravel #africa #malawi #stickers #passportstamps #landroverafrica #alloyandgrit #landroverphotoalbum #landrover #landrover110 #landroverdefender #landroverdefender110 #defender110 #onelifeliveit #best4x4xfar #landroverclassic #landroverlove #landroverlife #traveltheworld #roamtheplanet #adventureisnecessary #startsomewhere
One of my (Julie) crankiest times traveling was in Singapore at the Raffles Hotel. I haaaaated it. It was the worst kind of tourist trap IMO: full of white people indulging in their colonial wet dreams. It was just...wrong. 😣 We never go to tourist stops when we’re on the road, but we did make a Vic Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local Zambian language, stop. If you can get past the gift shops and tourists, it’s a lovely walk. The falls are beautiful and it felt so good to be out of the car. But there’s a definite reason we usually bypass touristy areas. 🙄 After thousands of miles through seven countries, it felt strange to be in such a big tourist center. It is super hard to square the tour busses that say “Explorer Club, Africa” and tourists in safari gear with the daily life (and hustle and grind) we’ve been seeing, and that exists juuust outside the city. No shade, but it’s a tiny bit jarring. 🤷‍♀️ It’s not as bad as the Raffles by a long shot. Nature does her thing, thankfully, and that can redeem just about anything. Still, we couldn’t help wondering what the place would look like without all the souvenir shops. 💧 #victoriafalls #vicfalls #mosioatunya #zambia #livingstone #touristtrap #overland #overlanding #overlander #overlandafrica #africaoverland #venturesomemore #selfie #nature #waterfall #waterfalls
Front left coil spring fixed, back left shock needs attention. Lower shock bushing and retaining rings disintegrated. Always check your bolt tightness after replacing parts, kids. 🔧 #overland #overlanding #overlander #overlandafrica #africaoverland #landrover #landroverdefender #landroverdefender110 #landrover110 #defender110 #alloyandgrit #landroverphotoalbum #onelifeliveit #best4x4xfar #landroverlife #totothelandrover #landroverlove #landroverowner
Annnnnd, good night from Zambia. Overlooking the Zambezi. #zambia #zambezi #zambeziriver #livingstone #africa #sundowners #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #sunset #river #venturesomemore

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I love accessories. . .jewelry, shoes, scarves, bags. When you’re under 5′ and not built like a pre-teen boy, finding clothes can be a chore. So I shop for accessories. And I love them. But I am really hard on bags. Really, really hard on them.

I brought a great school-bag/tote to Botswana but it took a beating in the travel, heat, dust, and especially on our Christmas trip. I’d been in the market for a new tote that I could bring to school but that would look good while traveling. I wanted an EDC that was sturdy and good-looking and could hold a laptop, books, camera, paints, water bottles, sunglasses, phone, wallet. . .all my regular or travel gear. Did I mention good-looking? I’m picky when it comes to my bags.

I can’t remember where I stumbled across Peg and Awl, but I’m glad I did. They are a small family company out of Pennsylvania and have made a business of creating beautiful, handcrafted items from reclaimed materials. Much of what they use is gathered from flea shops, basements, construction sites, and abandoned places. A lot of it is over a century old. These reclaimed materials are gorgeous, lending a character to something “new” by crafting out of something “old”.


After a long time looking, saving, and contacting multiple companies to compare bags, I settled on the coal (black) waxed canvas tote with reclaimed leather handle, which was made out of military gun slings. I was a little freaked out about this – I think that items carry memory and meaning and energy of their own – but the products were so beautiful and the idea of reclaiming and reusing something convinced me.

The bag arrived to Botswana via Steve’s parents, and it is perfect. It snugly fits a laptop, my wallet, my traveler’s journal and daily diaries, phone, pens, glasses, and whatever else I throw in there – wraps, water bottles, travel mugs, you name it. The canvas is quality – sturdy and strong. The leather is gorgeous, already cracked and scuffed and soft, just how I like it. The bag is a bit heavier than I would like, but it’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make given the quality of the materials.

Canvas and leather tote

There is a large pocket outside for easy access to things like keys, and four pockets inside – two large, one small, and two for pens. These are lined with repurposed cloth from a dressmaker from the early years of the 20th century. I added a zipper, which is essential for travel.

Canvas and leather tote

I carry it everywhere – it goes to and from work with me and has already weathered several camping trips, where it came out none the worse for wear. A bit dusty, maybe, but nothing a damp rag won’t fix. I love that about this bag – it looks chic enough for me, is an excellent EDC, and is tough enough to not get destroyed from rough use. It was a big investment, but it was my fortieth birthday present to myself and it will last for years.

Canvas and leather tote

Peg and Awl says that the tote is “a blank slate waiting to be marked with the adventures and stories of use.” It’s already been in Botswana, Qatar, New York City, Portland, Or., and Missoula, Mt., carrying its own history and going on new adventures – collecting stories along the way.

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