Quick Tour of Downtown Gabarone

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January 14th 2013
Published: June 25th 2017
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In the morning, Chris took me to see his office at one of the government agencies. I then spent the morning walking up and down the main pedestrian mall of Gabarone. At the far end is parliament and the near end the National Museum (of course, closed on Mondays, boo). The place is far more developed than Zambia or Zimbabwe. While not quite up to South African standards, it almost appears so on the surface. While the Ministry of Education has a big shiny new building, you can see all the windows are open because A/C is too expensive, even in the hottest month.

At 11:30, I met back up with Chris and he took me to the airport where we parted ways once again. At this point I'm officially in return mode, there is nothing left for me to do on this trip except to navigate myself through the easy river of terminals, planes, and gates back to Kansas City.

The return flights were uneventful. It was interesting that the flight from JNB-IAD stops for an hour in the middle of the night in Dakar, Senegal to refuel. About a dozen passengers disembarked and then they did a security sweep of the plane looking for anything left behind. It wasn't all that big of a deal except that it's when one would normally be asleep (1:00am-3:00am). Once we were clear, off we went to Washington. On arrival, the first thing I did was of course grab a piece of coffee cake and a chocolate muffin at breakfast kiosk.

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