August 10: Movers clear out our apartment. Crack of dawn, August 11, we fly to St. Louis, starting our odyssey to spend time with family and friends which will take us by plane to Burlington, Vermont then renting a car to drive down the east coast, ending in New Orleans.
September 10: We fly to Philadelphia for Peace Corps staging, which means meeting other volunteers in our group (affectionately named BOTS 11) and doing logistics, such as receiving our passports, etc.
September 15 (give or take a day or two): We are off to Botswana. We trust the Peace Corps has our flight details as we do not! There is a non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg that takes 19 hours - we’re told it’s the longest non-stop commercial flight in the world. Swell. Carol at least has a strong preference for a stop in Europe before heading way south! From Johannesburg, it’s a five hour drive to Gabarone, the capital of Botswana.
We are training in the town of Kanye, which is 45 minutes by car or minibus from Gabarone. (It's about the center of the map, marked by an "+") Our friend from Oklahoma says that Kanye looks on the internet like the western part of that state, e.g. hot, dusty and dry with scrub bushes aplenty. It may be "all set about with fever trees" to quote Rudyard Kipling. For now we are enjoying the last days of our sub-standard Portland summer temperatures! Stay tuned...