By Betty Levitov
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Extra resources for Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari
He pockets the nine thousand shillings, about ten dollars, in his jacket—no paperwork. I continue the antibiotic and feel better the next morning. The students tell me days later that they wondered and worried what 32 | wait ing f or gavin would happen if I got seriously ill. They are right to worry, since so much of the planning and teaching depends on me—one of the weaknesses in the design of the semester. I note in my journal to outline a backup plan. At our crater campsite the safari cooks prepare dinner over charcoal ﬁres: cucumber soup, curried vegetable stew, beef stew, and rice, with oranges and bananas for dessert.
Mr. Mushi’s house, the one he built with the Danish Volunteer Service income, is cement block and has four rooms, mostly empty except for a bed, a table, and a bookshelf. To the students, the house seems simple and bare. But this is their ﬁrst look inside a village house, m r . m u sh i | 41 and they reevaluate at the end of the day. He has a ﬁne yard, large enough for garden, trees, outdoor toilet, and border of high ﬂowering hedges. Under a huge avocado tree and some mango trees, he has gathered all the chairs in the village to accommodate us.
The doctor thinks the antibiotic will begin working and that I will be ﬁne if I take it easy for a couple of days. He pockets the nine thousand shillings, about ten dollars, in his jacket—no paperwork. I continue the antibiotic and feel better the next morning. The students tell me days later that they wondered and worried what 32 | wait ing f or gavin would happen if I got seriously ill. They are right to worry, since so much of the planning and teaching depends on me—one of the weaknesses in the design of the semester.
Africa on Six Wheels: A Semester on Safari by Betty Levitov