Today is Saturday – I was a bit at a loss about what to do with myself today since my advisor left yesterday afternoon to return to the US and I don’t have anything on my agenda until Monday morning when I will go to the hospice again. I slept in until about 10am and then took a leisurely shower (as leisurely as it can get in our tub with no shower curtain and the shower head that you have to hold on to the entire time). I needed to get out of the house, so I decided to walk down to the “other” shopping center (three blocks in the opposite direction from the River Walk mall where I have been going every day). The other shopping center turned out to be a much cheaper supermarket called “Choppies” and a gas station. Along the way I discovered a few interesting things, including a museum (I think it’s the natural history museum), a very modern looking gym called "Gym Active", and a cinema that didn’t look like it is in working order. I love the names of things here - there is no avoiding the point: the cheap groceries are at Choppies and the gym is Gym Active.
On the walk back home I took a different route and saw the Holy Cross Hospice preschool and an art workshop/gallery. I got back home with my bag of groceries and decided that I would go nuts if I spent the rest of the day indoors, so after a quick bite to eat I headed out again to River Walk. I took my time and examined all of the shops this time, stopping in the Orange cell phone store to ask how to check my balance and see whether I would be able to use my US Android phone in Botswana (the answer being decidedly no).
After a stroll around the mall and poking around in some of the clothing stores to look for slippers (the one thing I really regret not bringing since the floors are cold and everything - including my feet - is covered in a fine layer of the red dust that makes up the landscape here) I headed to the bar/restaurant Linga Longo for a local St. Louis beer. St. Louis turned out to be a pretty mediocre lager – it wasn’t terrible but I can see why they don’t export it to the US. Nevertheless I ordered a second one and before I knew it the bar was filling up with football (soccer) fans – there was a Botswana (Zebras) vs. South Africa (Bafana Bafana) game on!
|St. Louis - Botswana style|
|Watching the Zebras play @ Linga Longo|
The soccer game ended after I got home, but the score was 1-1 in the end. I'll have to make a note of when the Zebras play next so I can keep up on my local sports!