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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Welcome country #173:


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Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new 
name upon independence in 1966. Four decades of uninterrupted civilian 
leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have 
created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, 
principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a 
growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature 
preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS 
infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs 
for dealing with the disease.

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I've been waiting a long time for my first visit from Botswana.
Why?  We are antipodes.  Huh?  If I go from Hawaii straight
through the center of our planet and through, I end up in
Botswana...more specifically, the Kalahari Desert. If you dig
a hole to the other side from Japan, you end up in South
America.  Hmmm...I wonder if Machu Picchu is close?
Here is the global antipodal map:

Sad to say that any land site in the Continental USA has
an antipode in the ocean.

I'm currently scheduled to join Ed Jurkens, not quite there,
but in reach of gaining Centenarian status in the not too
distant future, for a safari to our antipode this Fall.  If we
don't do it now we will get too old.

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