Winter in Botswana
It is winter now here in Botswana, and what an interesting experience it's proving to be. At night and in the morning it is very, very cold. Sometimes I leave for school wearing two jackets. But layering is essential here because by about 10:30, it is almost warm enough to walk around in just a t-shirt! It's the craziest thing to feel the temperature go up and down so drastically each day. I must say, though, that the day time temperature is wonderful! Sunny and warm, but not too hot, with a slight breeze. It's great!
I have to admit to not being very disciplined with my Setswana learning. I think it is just too easy to speak English and not feel the need to learn Setswana. I think I'm fairly proficient with the greetings, but beyond that it's not too good. I've taken on the new challenge now of learning some Shona (spoken in Zimbabwe). I have no shortage of teachers because honestly I think I have more friends from Zimbabwe than I do from Botswana! I would write out a few words that I've learned, but I actually haven't seen any of them written down. With Shona I am learning by hearing only. I think if I actually saw the spellings, I probably wouldn't even recognize the words!
I can't believe I am sharing this, but it is just too comical not to. When you are ready to get more petrol (gas) put into your car here, you to the gas station and there are workers there ready to pump it for you. When finished, you can also have them check your vehicle's fluids. I decided to have that done this week since I haven't checked them yet. Well, I had no idea what a challenge this would be! When the guy asked me to lift up the vehicle's hood, I thought "No problem." It was a problem, however, when I went to look for the latch under my steering wheel and couldn't find it! I looked and looked and still didn't see it. Normally I would just toss this up to being a girl and having an airhead moment, but when not one, but two guys came to help and they couldn't find the latch either, I didn't feel so bad. Can you just imagine the scene of three adults searching everywhere under the dash for a latch that doesn't seem to exist! Unbelievably, we really never did find it. I am going to enlist the help of a couple of the men who work here at the mission and hope that they are able to find it. Do you think this should be added to my prayer requests? :)
This weekend and specifically Monday, we are celebrating the holiday, "The Day of the African Child". (You can read more about this holiday here.) At Fire by Nite last night and for school on Monday, we've been asked to wear ethnic African attire. I panicked a bit at first since I didn't own anything of the sort. I had a great shopping experience yesterday, though, and found a beautiful dress that I love. I definitely plan to model this one in The States when I visit in August! Everyone looked great last night and I can't wait to see all the kids on Monday!