Big Safari Number Three, Part III of III: The Thanksgiving and Zimbabwe trip that weren’t.

After our animal tracking in northern Botswana last week, Big Red carried us across the Botswana-Zambia border, a seven hundred-yard stretch of the Chobe River. Jumping through the legal hoops to get the car across took a five hour chunk out of our Monday, and the introduction to "real" Africa on the Zambian side of …

Big Safari Number Three, Part II of III: People, Places, Stories, Faces

With regards to storytelling, traveling stacks the deck. And the kind of "Choose Your Own Adventure" travel that I enjoy (and stresses me out) often provides for particularly fun tales to tell. But what really gets me going, and the reason that I put up with the two-day old pairs of socks and leaky tents …

Big Safari Number Three, Part I of III: Close encounters of the lion, elephant and hippo kinds

Back in Botswana, after failing for three straight days to get to Zimbabwe and hitchhike back to Gaborone. More on that later. Big Safari Number Three, Part One: I wanted to see lions on this trip. And by "wanted" I fully mean in the seven-year old, fascinated with big animals, going-to-pout-if-I-don't-get-to-see-lions sort of way. Early …

I lied

Hello from Zambia - where I still am, in fact. After seeing wild animals (lots of them, and lots of hair-raising animal encounters that would make my mom nervous), then heading to do some white-water rafting in Victoria Falls, I was supposed to head back down to Gaborone with the roommates. But... I didn't. Sorry. …

Happy traaaails to me

Off to Kasane, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park until Thursday. Thanks for visiting; come back for pictures at the end of the week. Haguna Matata (yes, that's Setswana. How cool is that?), mark clayton

WHO ahh YOU?

Mma Machete is old. Really old. Older-than-all-of-the-nations-in-Africa old. But, like with many people, her "oldness" is more about her attitude than her age - compare her, for example, to my grandfather. In human years he might even be older than Mma Machete.* But he has as much fun as any eight year old I know. …

Age before beauty?

Traveling, for me, brings innumerable opportunities to reflect on one's own cultural assumptions and biases. An example: Botox, Laguna Beach, breast implants, anorexia, neglected nursing homes, that orangy tanning-bed color and men too old to be sitting on that barstool. All bad things, right? - but - What do they have in common? Their common …

Now THIS is cool

So getting my new assignment went something like this: Me: Nick, I've finished the website and am a little frustrated by the day care hospice here. I'm thinking about packing up and going to Mozambique for the next couple of months to learn Portuguese. The Dean: Well, what about this residential hospice in Tlokweng? I …