Gaborone…

If you are going to Botswana, make it a road-trip because road trips are the best, they are long and if you are alone you get to be with yourself and with Shonda’s mind which is brilliant. 

If I am to recommend a bus it will have to be Flight-Connect, so sweet a bus! Wi-fi (like put locker enabling wifi which is really how I measure the speed of wifi-which makes the one in my room-useless!) and snacks (food is all that matters, honestly) and on my trip back,the sweet lady who called me sweetie when offering a muffin did a short sweet prayer…then, those people know how to keep time!

You also get to witness the sunrises and the sunsets and in Botswana they are even more magnificent…it is almost like the branches of those thorn trees sieve the rays or something…the pictures unfortunately fall short of the gloriousness(a common theme in this post)!

I cannot say much for Botswana as a country but Gaborone is beautiful. No offence, I totally mean this in an endearing way, it is like a national park with buildings. There’s ant-hills at various junctions of the roads. Fun fact: the cows are apparently more than the people (as a Maasai, I awwwwned at this fact). Gaborone really reminded me of Tsavo National Park where we spent all our holidays watching mummy work and making it a bit hard for her to work (the noise we made at the pool when the guests were siesta-ring will remain a classic).

If you can, go stay with an amazing friend with a most beautiful family.

A friend with a cool friend who will pick you up and pass by KFC for sprinkle pops (the chicken in this place, it tastes like Kuku kienyeji, I love it!)

A friend with the sweetest siblings who will just warm your heart!

 

A friend with a Swahili cook for a mother who will welcome you with chapati madondo then make you want to never leave with great food and great love…

A friend with the sweetest father who won’t stop making fun of you sense of direction and who loves to document life in pictures…

A friend who will take you to chill step to enjoy local artists, beautiful young people and dance-y music…

 

A friend who will take you african print shopping at Sismo and Botswana Craft shopping at Botswana Craft and Craft market…

Had fun trying out all of Natasha’s prints😍😍😍She let me😏

A friend who will take you to the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week where you will watch three plays that will literally sweep you off your feet…

A friend with an amazing friend who will uber black you round Gaborone, encourage you to take a healthy shot (that thing is nasty! I thought nothing tasted worse than alcohol but there’s chlorophyll)!

A friend with an amazing friend who will drive round the town, just because and be patient as you romantically stare at the stars surrounding that hill-Kgatle hill, I think…

Lastly,  just so that the rest of the world catches up *side-eye* the Botswana-South Africa border is my most beautiful experience! The immigration officer even had the time to compliment my complexion followed by the usual “do not bleach yourself!” comment which I do not know how i feel about anymore…

Anyway, am off to watch surgeons teaching me life lessons and all… I will soon be facing the fact that half of my tests were pushed to the beginning of the last term.

I am so grateful for Natasha in Gaborone and Gaborone!