Entries from 'Botswana'

turn left after 600km…

This is more or less the GPS directions for the 700km long trip from Gaborone to Gweta. You drive for a very long time and then you end up in a little town with palm trees and huts that sits on the edge of some really large salt pans. We went up there over the…

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a happening of arts

Yesterday I went to the Alliance Francaise, where a friend organised an arts workshop. It involved painters, drummers, a dancing poet and guests, who had gathered in the courtyard to watch “creative mistakes”.  During the workshop, we listened to powerful poetry and watched the artists in the process of making “creative mistakes” on a canvas….

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Opera Setswana

Last night we went to see “Cavalleria Rusticana“, an opera in one act that was translated into Setswana and adapted to a Botswana setting. It was a rather extraordinary experience as I have never heard of a classical opera being performed in Botswana and we were really impressed by the great performance of the singers…

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at the farmers market

Last weekend we went to the farmers market. We spent a lot of time there and sold some crafts and many waffles. After lunch, we enjoyed the rest of the time listening to some nice music and relaxing on the sofas in the sun. Before we left, Björn bought a giant radish from the farmer…

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Lunch with Monkeys

The other day we went for lunch at the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera House and were joined by a group of monkeys. They jumped up and down from branches on the roof and climbed around in the trees above the outdoor tables. Luckily we had already finished our meal by the time the cheekiest one…

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Rising Skyline

   As mentioned before, a new CBD is currently under development in Gabs. The other day I drove past and was quite impressed by all the works going on there. The architecture is mostly functional and a lot of the projects are actually being built by the Chinese, but some day in the future all…

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Happy V-Day!

 It seems to be sort of a big thing here…a lot of shops have specials, restaurants offer Valentine menues and the call-in radio show today also was all about Valentine’s Day. We’re having drinks with heart-shaped icecubes and a braai with friends tonight ;) Happy Valentine’s Day!

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rush hour

Gabs city is growing and so is traffic. There is a lot of road construction going on, which means that sometimes you will spend a lot of time in the car, waiting for traffic to move very slowly around one of the detours. These days, even the road along Old Naledi is jammed, and the…

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veggies & bread

When we got back to Gabs, I found a flyer for a “vegbox” at our gate. We decided to try it and got our first weekly delivery of fresh, locally grown, vegetables, salad and fruits. Now our fridge is full of healthy, green stuff and so far, we’ve not become tired of the veggies. Also,…

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Blue Zebras

It is the first time that Botswana has qualified for the AFCON and now that the tournament has started, the country is going slightly crazy. Yesterday was the first group game of the Zebras against mighty Ghana and it was amazing to see the support of the fans throughout the city. Cars are waving the…

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Sunset Saturday XXXXVII

Evening sky with big clouds and beautiful colors at our house. The past week we’ve been settling back into life here and trying to get into some kind of routine. Our garden is green like never before and our dog seems really happy to have us back. Things are pretty much back to normal, with…

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Sunset Saturday XXXXV

A sunset in the bush at Mabuasehube. The sun was scorching during the day and even the wind was hot, so all we did was hide under the shade and wait for the sun to paint a golden sky behind the thornbushes. As much as I complain, the European winter makes me realise how spoilt…

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Sunset Saturday XXXXII

The sky is on fire. A burning, red evening sky over Gaborone. These days, the light over here is just incredible. The rainy season has started for good and different layers of clouds break the sunrays in various colors, making it most spectacular during dusk, like this flaming red, orange and pink. Photo taken by…

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Sunset Saturday XXXIX

A peaceful, quiet evening sky behind the high reed at Gaborone dam. Love the fluffy little clouds up there – these days it’s more about big mountains of thundery clouds piling up all over the sky as the rainy season has (finally) started. Happy weekend!

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Sunset Saturday XXXVIII

Sunset over the Chobe River during our boat cruise last weekend. It was an incredibly hot day and only started to cool down a little in the evening, so it was great to be on the water and get some breeze on the boat. There were many fires over in Namibia, and a lot of…

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