Trip of a Lifetime


In March, 2015, my friend Corey announced he had been accepted into the Peace Corps and he was headed to Botswana. That’s when the wheels started turning. Fast forward to August 2015, and Corey was officially a Motswana. Click ahead a few months and that’s when the planning started to come together. In June, on my birthday, the tickets were purchased. I was going to Africa.


I would mention the original contents of the plan, but that almost all changed and isn’t even worth mentioning. What did happen was a flight from O’Hare to London Heathrow, to Johannesburg, South Africa to Maun, Botswana, three days on a guided canoe trip, three days in the bush with the San people, three days of a self-drive safari and three days in Zambia and Zimbabwe checking out Victoria Falls.

How could I forget the near-death experiences, hundreds (thousands?) of animals, run-ins with criminals and swimming amongst hippos and crocodiles? Silly me. Well buckle up, because this blog is about to start on a two-week backpacking trip across Africa.


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