|Diana, on her way out of town|
Living on the main road on the border between Mozambique and Malawi, Dan and I get a lot of visitors. Luckily, our house is well-suited for hosting and we really enjoy the good company. Our visitors are usually Peace Corps volunteers, though we do get the occasional free spirit trying to make their way through the side channels of south-eastern Africa.
This weekend, we hosted Diana, a definite free spirit and woman of unusual fortitude. An 18-year-old American exchange student studying at a high school in Swaziland, Diana was passing through Zobue as part of a four-week sweep of six African countries. She stayed with us for two nights (observing classes and grading papers, no less!) before hitting the road this morning with backpack and thermos in hand.
Yes, Diana is traveling alone.
It makes me wonder where I was when I was her age, when I was just eighteen. Certainly not hitching through Africa.
Here's hoping that she made it to her destination, and the next one after that. Dan and I wish the best of luck to this brave and crazy girl.
(Keep up with Diana's adventures at Borders are Imaginary!)