Memories Not Things: Botswana
My most recent international travels took me to Botswana at the first term of my school. (My school travels to 4 countries per year). We spent the two months monitoring a wildlife conservation area and studying local literature. It was fascinating, beautiful, and exhausting at times. My breath was taken away several times. Once at the sight of a little boy crossing the street while pushing a grocery cart he had constructed from wires and yo-yos. Again I was speechless when our school gave the staff at the camp we were living at their extra sleeping bags, and they began to cry tears of joy.
I had never been to a place so different from home- not just in looks but in lifestyle. Coming back I looked around at all of my material possessions and simply started to donate them. After living out of a backpack for two months I realized we just have too much stuff. I lived so simply there, but it was more than enough. Here are a few pictures from the trip proving you don’t need much: