Chobe and Okavango Delta
Mon 19 Mar 2012 - Wed 21 Mar 2012
Susan introduced me to the Number One Ladies Detective Agency in 2003...Mma Ramotswe is a wise, detective who solves domestic mysteries like missing cattle and errant husbands in the country of Botswana. I firmly believe that Mma Ramotswe channels my grandmother - she is wise, warm, simple, and loving. Ironically, every time I miss Coorg, a book with a Botswanan protagonist can make me feel better!
And then a few years after I began reading the series, my brother and his family moved to Botswana - who would have thunk! As enthusiastic my brother is, he drove around Gaborone and took photos of places that Mma Ramotswe lives around - Kgale Hills, Grand Palm Hotel, Princess Marina Hospital (where my brother's wife worked!). Not sure if my beloved Book Club members saw these photos...
BBC or HBO then filmed a few episodes of the book into a TV show. That was it- I was hooked. I now had direct access to my grandmother! Sounds like a seance, I know. But my grandmother (like everyone's) really loved me the best! So that's how the love affair with Botswana started.
And almost a decade after Botswana registered in my consciousness, I briefly visited the country. The first thing to strike me is the blueness of the sky. Now, those of us frm Denver have immense pride in the blue skies of Colorado - Botswana is just as spectacular! Wide expanse of land, still waters of the Chobe and Okavango rising up to meet the blue skies. The people are calm, Vinay says sluggish, but I am going with content and calm.
More pictures, if you are interested.
Camping is kinda fun...sitting outside my tent, looking out at the delta, a calmness crept in to my brain; that no decision we can make is ever a wrong decision. Every decision is a blessed one.