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Jul 29, 2012 - July 29, 2012

Tim and I were up and movin' by 5am! Whew! We got to the tar road (highway) and luckily grabbed a taxi to the border. The immigration office is supposed to open at 6am, but didn't end up opening until around 6:30, which is annoying. By the time we got to the Zambian side to get stamped "in" we were in a HUGE rush to get to the bus, which leaves at 7am. We made it to the bus, and the driver told Tim to go in to get a ticket. I stayed outside to get our bags on the bus. The driver started honking the horn signaling he was about to leave, and...

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Jul 28, 2012 - July 28, 2012

Ahhhhh Saturday! We slept in a bit, which was really nice. Then Tim had to head to town to print his application for his permit to reside in the Bahamas, which he did successfully! Thank goodness, because if he hadn't been able to print them I don't know what we would have done. While Tim was in town I packed up my stuff! It was sort of sad, really. Lots of wonderful memories! I also did laundry so that I didn't have to pack dirty clothes. I think I'll still wash all of my clothes when I get home, because washing them by hand in a bucket...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Friday 7/27/12

Friday was a great day! One of the greatest days I've ever had, regardless of location. Tim and I set off for the pre-school in Choto village where we had done Divi distributions earlier in the summer, where I met my friend Betty and played with the kids outside. I wanted to go back and play some music for/with the kids before I left, and Betty, who is one of the teachers said that would be great. We rode our bikes there, which was really quite the trek, but it went well. When we got to the school, it was break time for the kids, so we went...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Thursday 7/26/12

Got up to come to the office and really solidly finish everything up and file everything away. I got up, washed my face, and looked around the kitchen to see what I could scrounge up for breakfast. We are really low on groceries so I had to make a weird breakfast-instant hot chocolate in lieu of milk, with cereal. MMMmmMMM, not! Ick. Better than no food I suppose, but that is up for debate. Got to the office and created a few documents for follow up and monitoring of my project that Tim and Joseph will use. Now we are off to do some errands...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Wednesday 7/25/12

Today was the big distribution day at Kwandu/Kongola. We were picked up late by our taxi driver, which ended out being ok because we cleaned our room, which desperately needed some cleaning. We headed out to Kwandu, met with the sales ladies to confirm that they were ready to run the training, and then went off to do the trainings! I stayed out of the first training/distribution because there was a chief and I was wearing pants (a sign of disrespect for a woman) but that was ok because I needed to go to the nearby school to check on the...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Tuesday 7/24/12

Tim got up super early, partially because of the dogs barking, the sun shining into the bedroom, all of that early morning stuff. I followed shortly after Tim, and we’ve been doing Divi lights most of the day. I also spent a good chuck of time giving music to Joseph on his memory stick. What took so long was changing the format from M4A to MP3, which you have to do individually for each file. Yeesh! I have to speak with our ‘bosses’ on the phone soon as well, sort of do a wrap up all of my work here I guess you could say.

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Jul 23, 2012 - Monday 7/23/12

Got up and went into the office with Tim, and did a bunch of facebook updating-I took tons of pictures over the weekend after all! It literally took all day to upload all the pictures, so I was also able to double task all day-scanning and editing documents for the Solar Schools project, helping out getting Divi lights ready for distribution in Kwandu on Wednesday, etc. We were busy with Divi lights until almost 6, so we didn’t get a chance to pack up our stuff and move back to the EE house. When we got home, Tim continued to do some work...

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Jul 22, 2012 - Botswana-Kasane/Chobe River/Chobe National Park

Woke up early (6:30) to meet our guide. Turns out a half day is 9am-1pm, but he agreed to pick us up at 8am, so we had about an hour to kill at Thebe. We got breakfast at the restaurant, and by the time we finished eating, our guide, Peter, had arrived. Peter is a native of Botswana, and has been guiding in Chobe for a while. He was a really good guide, he didn’t talk too much, he was funny, and knew the answer to every question we had about the wildlife. He also agreed to take us a special route to focus on sighting some cats, since that...

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Jul 21, 2012 - Botswana-Kasane/Chobe River/Chobe National Park

Saturday we got up early-ish to go back to the car rental place to see about the 4x4. Just to our luck, the group who had the 4x4 who was supposed to return it, had it out late-which meant no 4x4 for us. Luckily, we have become pretty good friends with a taxi driver named Newman who agreed to drive us to Ngoma (the border town). He picked us up right on time, and we headed off to Botswana! A side note-I’ve wanted to go to Botswana ever since I read “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” last Spring, and so I’m happy we got to take this...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Friday 7/20/12

Friday was a relatively slow day in the office-we both had week-end reports to write but that was really all we had to do. We only stayed at the office until lunch time, which is from 1-2pm here. We headed out to Dick Sharpe’s (fish farm landlord) shop, where he builds all sorts of contraptions for modifying cars (mostly Toyota HiLux pickups) to pay him for the safari (game drive) he took us on when the Divi guys were still here. By the way, the Toyota HiLux is an amazing vehicle for off road excursions, it really is a shame they don’t sell...

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Jul 17, 2012 - Tuesday and Wednesday July 17 and 18

Tuesday was a long, but good day. Tim calls it the "rural tour" so I guess that is what I will call it too. We set off at 8am for the Kongola side of Caprivi. We were picked up by Newman, our favorite taxi driver, and Joseph, who is the main man around Caprivi. Tim and Joseph stopped at shops to check in on things, and also met with local sales agents for checkups around the area. Lots of driving, lots of stops, lots of villages. I did my thing at Sangwali school, and so now three schools have ED lights in the Caprivi area. The principal at...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Monday July 16, 2012

TodayI got to sleep in a bit because I didn't have any "homework" to do, and my first meeting wasn't until 3pm. I came into the office at around 11:30, did some online research and reading, and then headed off to Mavaluma school to discuss the details of the light program. I got the contract signed, so I can deliver lights sometime this week. Success! We are still at the office now getting all packed up for a field outing to Sangwali tomorrow, where I hope to deliver 50 lights to a senior secondary school. That said, I probably won't have...

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