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Download e-book for kindle: Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari by Betty Levitov

By Betty Levitov

ISBN-10: 0803280548

ISBN-13: 9780803280540

“I imagine i am getting it,” Betty Levitov’s youngest pupil stated, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “You’ve had a in all likelihood deadly sickness, and confronted loss of life, and now you’ll do exactly approximately anything.” the coed was once attempting to fathom why a instructor may take 13 little ones from a small midwestern liberal arts collage on a three-month trek throughout Africa.
The resolution, a studying adventure like no different, unfolds in Levitov’s completely enticing account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus driving force and 13 university childrens from Nebraska in tow. The group’s wanderings take them—and us—through seven international locations. via dhow journeys and donkey rides at the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice excursions in Zanzibar, tenting within the Namib wasteland, and swimming at the fringe of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we come across awesome humans, new customs, and exciting arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a motorcycle coincidence, and a hostage crisis). because the scholars apprentice themselves to African chefs, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we find with them a refined and complicated connection between humans often worlds apart.

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I marvel at the generosity of such very poor people. One of the women asks me why I would leave America, where I have wealth and comfort, to bring students to Africa. I explain that although we Americans have many things, we still have a lot to learn from her and the villagers. I’m not sure she believes this, but our presence in her village, which is not on a tourist circuit, means something. The council members are pleased that Jason plans to return as a teacher. Waiting for Gavin, I check out vehicles on the road as possible look-alikes for his van.

The entryway displayed photos of Michael Palin and crew, who had stayed there during the filming of Around the World in Eighty Days. Near the registration desk was an old wire-cage elevator as well as a winding wooden stairway, leading up to the bar and restaurant and to the upstairs rooms. The bar looked like a set out of Casablanca, with tarzan a n d t u ta n k h a m e n | 17 ceiling fans, huge hand-woven carpets on the wood floors, waiters with white shirts and red fezzes. Along with beer or cocktails, the waiters brought bowls of boiled and salted beans.

By calculating the distance—some four thousand kilometers (or twenty-five hundred miles)—he estimated he would need a week for the drive north. His first e-mails from South Africa were full of frustration—no vans for sale at all. The World Population Conferees had bought up or rented everything on wheels. Waiting until the end of the conference would be ideal, as a glut of vans would be on the market, but that would mean a three-week delay. Just about a week before we boarded the plane in Nebraska, Gav saw a white Iveco parked at the side of the road with a “for sale” sign in the window.

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