Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hello again from Botswana

Hello to all.  We know that it has been a while since we last posted.  It's not that there hasn't been a lot going on over here, it's just that blogging is kind of hard.  We never know exactly what is of interest to the anonymous masses out there in cyber-land. Since our last post we have been busy with work and projects, spent quality time with our host family at the cattle post, had an amazing visit from Jojo's aunt Gail, and generally have just been living the typical Peace Corps life.  The weather has thankfully cooled off a bit from the 'please kill me' heat of Jan-March, and now is pretty much beautiful every day.  It won't rain for 6-8 months, and will slowly start becoming cooler at night.  We have about 5 months to go in our service, which I feel is the perfect amount of time to wrap up and plan for the future sustainability (hopefully) of projects and start looking forward to life after PC Botswana.  Jojo has started to write her thesis paper for grad school which will keep her very busy over our last months here, and I am starting to mull over the thought of actually having to work again.  EISH!  We are both really starting to soak in and enjoy the simple pleasures that life offers in a small village of a developing southern African nation, as we know that soon this journey will come to an end.  But I am kind of getting ahead of myself as we still have some months to go, as well as a trip from Jojo's sisters and brother's in law, which we absolutely can't wait for!!  Below are some pics from the last few months.

Peace & Love -

After a long hard road, the Tonota Clinic Garden finally has vegetables planted.  This project has been a great learning experience and super fun for me, but also very challenging.  I am so excited to have planted, and am looking forward to hosting a Permagardening Workshop here in Tonota for some other PCV's who are interested in gardening and other details of this project.  We will finish digging plots in the other half of the garden and plant seedlings.  Currently there is swiss chard and kale planted as well as sacks of herbs. 

We made the signs with bones collected at the cattle post.

Botho (Erika) and Jojo a little too close to the rhinos.  This is at a small game park located within the closed village of Orapa where the largest diamond mine in Botswana is located.  Botho's boyfriend Mbaki works at the mine, and was able to get us passes into the village.  They are very very protective of the diamonds and as such security is crazy around the mines.

We miss you all!

The obligatory Baobab shot.

This is what is looks like on the opposite side of all those animal pics.

So many elephants in Botswana.

I think I love seeing them on the road the most.  It's just crazy that this is their home.

Hell yeah Rams!!

Jojo's Gender Society hosted a really cool village clean up event.  We were able to organize over 100 youth from the village to come out on a Saturday morning to clean up rubbish from around the village.  There is a world wide "Global Youth Service Day" which encourages youth to volunteer in their communities, and we were very proud to be able to help organize this event in Tonota.

Riding donkeys at the cattle post.

Nuff said.


  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Botswana? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Botswana in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

  2. There are really many things to enjoy in Botswana, especially the wildlife. I have been traveling jet lag free with jetLAGFX and is interested of the good things I heard about it.