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By Betty Levitov

“I imagine i am getting it,” Betty Levitov’s youngest scholar acknowledged, sitting on a porch in Harare, Zimbabwe. “You’ve had a very likely deadly sickness, and confronted demise, and now you’ll just do approximately anything.” the coed used to be attempting to fathom why a instructor could take 13 youngsters from a small midwestern liberal arts university on a three-month trek throughout Africa.
 
The solution, a studying event like no different, unfolds in Levitov’s completely enticing account of her life-changing stint as a mwalimu (“teacher” in Swahili) with an Australian bus motive force and 13 university little ones from Nebraska in tow. The group’s wanderings take them—and us—through seven nations. via dhow journeys and donkey rides at the Swahili island of Lamu, scuba diving and spice excursions in Zanzibar, tenting within the Namib wilderness, and swimming at the fringe of a cataract at Victoria Falls, we come upon outstanding humans, new customs, and interesting arts (along with malaria, flat tires, a motorcycle coincidence, and a hostage crisis). because the scholars apprentice themselves to African chefs, fishermen, carvers, and batik artists, we find with them a sophisticated and complicated connection between humans typically worlds apart.
 

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Traffic moves in the opposite direction from in the States: steering wheels are on the right, and traffic moves from the left lane, as in England. I’m a conditioned jaywalker, having lived in New York City, and I usually have one foot in the road before really checking. Carla is sure I’m going to get flattened one of these days. I agree not to mention the bike accident in the e-mails, at least wa i t i n g f o r g av i n | 29 not until Sean has decided whether or not to tell his parents. Sean doesn’t like to be fussed over.

The students raced to the restaurant while Gav took off in the other direction. They wa i t i n g f o r g av i n | 25 returned with gleeful faces, carrying red cartons of fries, burgers wrapped in waxed paper, and paper cups of soda. Gavin returned with an armload of bread, tossing Murray and me a roll. He put the bread on the seat and drove off, steering with his right hand, still holding a roll and shifting with his left, his cheeks fat with bread. He chewed happily, rolling his eyes at the high-volume talk in the bus about missing American food.

He tells me he’s been suffering extreme depression since the breakup and confesses that Ayanna is his mainstay. Later I learn another piece of biography, also in condensed form, of Albert’s affair with a married Danish woman in 1990 and the fact of another daughter, Brigita, born in 1994, a child whom he hadn’t included in the drawing of his family tree. I now add to my interesting collection of impressions about Albert his tendency to ruminate lengthily on subjects such as philosophy, religion, ethnicity, history, and politics, and to be elliptical, even elusive, about matters of the heart.

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