|A craftsman at work encouraged us to take the photo.|
“Sighting of the Day in Zambia”
|Everywhere we travel in Africa and other parts of the world, we see women, not men, carrying heavy baskets atop their heads.|
We prepared today’s post yesterday after uploading the post for August 19th. With a plan to leave the hotel in Livingstone with Steve from Chris Tours picking us up at 7:00 am, we realized there would be no time to prepare a new post for today.
|Our driver dropped us off at this outdoor arts and crafts market in the center of town.|
Luckily, the editing site in blogger allows us to select a time and date we’d like a particular post to be automatically uploaded. This has proven to be invaluable for our commitment to post a new story with photos each and every day.
|We encountered some of the most “assertive” vendors we’ve seen anywhere in the world, comparable to those in the souks in Marrakesh, Morocco.|
No doubt, this commitment we made to our worldwide readers many years ago has kept us on our toes when we have activities planned that impinge upon the hours of the day we reserve for doing our posts.
|Only one vendor refuses to allow us to take photos. (Not necessarily this one). We respected his wishes.|
Yes, I know. Some of our kindly readers have written saying, “No worries, miss a post or two from time to time.” Thanks to all of you for your support! However, if we miss one or two posts here and there, suddenly we may find ourselves missing four or five or ten or twelve.
|The items offered for sale consisted of inexpensive jewelry, Africa-themed arts and crafts, fabrics, clothing, toys, and such.|
We all know how this goes. Change a consistent habit or process and suddenly it gets away from us. It’s kind of like being on a diet, only one piece of cake and then I’ll go back to my diet.
|Often tourists can’t resist buying items for their homes.|
Well, we know what happens then, a leftover piece of cake beacons us sitting in the fridge in the morning calling our name and once again we re-commit to the diet after we’re done eating this “one last piece.”
|With no intention of making purchases, we wandered through the busy area stopping to appreciate some of the items.|
Writing these daily posts is one diet we want to stick to, as long as we continue to travel the world and perhaps even after when we can’t continue any longer due to health as we age. As long as I still have my wits about me, I can’t imagine ever stopping.
|Colorful dolls with handmade detail.|
Imagine, we had to stop traveling due to health concerns or merely old age and we were thrown into the reality of staying put. How we handled this may be of some interest to others for both retirees and working folks.
|It appeared many shoppers could easily be locals shopping for themselves and for gifts.|
At this point, neither of us can conceive of living out our lives without this magical way we approach each day. But, most likely, someday, it will happen. When I think that in 20 years, God willing, I’ll be 90 years old, it’s hard to imagine doing what we’re doing today, riding on bumpy dirt roads on safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana.
|There are numerous banks and financial businesses in town.|
I’m sure some travelers out there have done this at 90 years of age. Please point them out to me. I’d love some inspiration that it’s indeed possible, if not likely. Tom will be a measly 85 years ago…quite the youngster.
|A typical day in the city of Livingstone.|
When I think of how fast the past 20 years flew by, it makes me realize how quickly the next 20 will come. So, missing a day’s post is not in my wheelhouse. Each day counts. Each moment counts and our intent is to continue to live each one to the fullest, sharing our story with all of you.
|We waited for our driver to pick us up while people watching on the busy street.|
Tomorrow, we’ll be back with a short post since we’ll be on safari all day once again. However, we’ll upload a few photos from today’s safari and a few snippets of this return experience to Botswana.
May each moment of your day be special.
Photo from one year ago today, August 20, 2017:
|Lavender bougainvillea on the grounds of La Perla, villa in Atenas, Costa Rica. For more photos, please click here.|