I booked tickets this weekend to return to Africa. (!!) I’m going to Mozambique and South Africa in May for two weeks, for work and play. I’m actually going to be able to see the swanky side with several days in Cape Town scheduled at the end of the trip. {What a change this will be after having worked in the orphanage in Moz. It always makes my head spin.} Hopefully I’ll get to sneak over to Zimbabwe for a couple nights too. Perhaps my friend Bruce, who is taking a job in Botswana next month, will be able to meet us for a couple of days.

Bots pouch

I made this little pouch (definitely not a wristlet. Men don’t “do” wristlets.) for Bruce and his new adventure. He’s an amazing man and was once my boss at the state health department. He’s moving to Bots to take on a new AIDS project. I’ll miss him, although I have a feeling we’ll stay in touch. I think of Mma Ramotswe every time he talks about Botswana. I’ve got to visit that country one day to enjoy a cup of their bush tea.

In other African news, a childhood friend who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea emailed me yesterday to say they were canceling her program because of recent violence. Please consider, once again, dropping your congressperson a note on the matter. Feel free to say something to the effect of, “Considering we are paying $12 million PER HOUR for the Iraqi war, do you think we could fund some UN Peace Keepers to help our African friends? Granted, they don’t have oil, but they do have spirit and they are worthy of our care and kindness. Plus, don’t you think we kind of owe the world a few drinks at the Peace Bar?”