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Who: Art My­ers of Ar­vada and Dan My­ers of Lit­tle­ton

Where: Maseru, Lesotho

Best meal: Be­cause Lesotho was Bri­tish for al­most 100 years, end­ing in 1966, most of our meals where fa­mil­iar in style and fla­vor. Par­tic­u­larly good where the fresh fruits and vegeta­bles.

Best deal: Get­ting to build a home for a fam­ily in need by vol­un­teer­ing in Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s Global Vil­lage pro­gram. AIDS has dec­i­mated many fam­i­lies in Lesotho. The Or­phans and Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren Project is en­gaged in pro­vid­ing hous­ing for chil­dren and their care givers. We helped build a small house for a grand­mother and her five grand­chil­dren and worked side by side with other vol­un­teers and lo­cal crafts­men. Even though we vol­un­teers were con­struc­tion rook­ies, and the lo­cal crafts­men spoke a limited ver­sion of English, we were able to com­plete the house. We were pro­vided a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try and its cul­ture un­like any stan­dard tour could.

Best time to go: Be­cause of the higher al­ti­tude, the nights are gen­er­ally cool with moder­ate days. April was a good time to go for the fall weather be­fore the rainy sea­son.

Best travel tip: There are sev­eral wild an­i­mal pre­serves in the area where you can see many an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tats. Al­though Lesotho has its own cur­rency, it is linked to the South African Rand. The two cur­ren­cies are used in­ter­change­ably in Lesotho.

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