Heading north: Chobe National Park & ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ (Victoria Falls)

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Late last week, I woke up early in the morning and decided right then and there that I would visit Victoria Falls over the weekend. So I packed my bags, got a bus ticket, and headed north to Kasane, a town in Botswana that serves as an access point to three neighbouring countries: Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Kasane is also the town closest to Chobe National Park, one of Botswana’s most celebrated places to find wild animals.

One of the lodges on the Namibian side of Chobe river seen during my water safari

Namibia! Of the four countries accessible from Kasane, this is the only one I didn’t set foot in during this trip. But I got to see it from the water safari on Chobe river

I arrived in Kasane much later than I would have liked – well past dark – but this was a blessing in disguise because the road into town was filled with giraffes and elephants at sunset. It was incredible to see all these beautiful animals hanging out by the side of the road. Everyone on the combi was so excited to see them but the driver was clearly frustrated, honking his horn to get them to move from the road just like he would if there were cows on the road. It’s funny how it was such an exciting novelty to me and many of the other passengers while those who are used to it see it as more of a nuisance than anything else.

That night, I stayed at a beautiful safari camp that was far out of my price range. The camp owner was a lovely woman who picked me up with her 4×4 just outside of the city and let me stay at a gorgeous chalet equipped for four people for less than half of what it was worth. Before I went to bed, she told me to never stray from the cobblestone paths due to scorpions. She also warned me about traveling at night because there are elephants everywhere and they might get startled by my presence in their bush. Needless to say, that night I stayed right in the middle of wild Botswana. I’m very grateful for such an opportunity.

Morning sunrise in the bush in Kasane

Morning sunrise in the bush in Kasane

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Music Lately

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Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to great music, either as a way to procrastinate from writing my research proposal or as background music when I finally sat down to actually write the proposal. This means that I’ve been discovering some pretty epic music, either through friends, sifting through my old songs, or through perusing YouTube and SoundCloud. I thought I’d share some of the songs on my ‘favourites’ playlist right now. Some are new, some are old, and I’m obsessed with them all. Enjoy! While you listen to these, I’ll get back to writing that research proposal….

Carry Your Throne by Jon Bellion

Bloodstream by Ed Sheeran

Chimes by Hudson Mohawke

Flaws by Vancouver Sleep Clinic

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