I can’t believe it. How exactly did October come so fast? My mind strains to remember everything I have seen and done in the last two months. That’s right! I have now been living in Africa for over two full months. Wow, even just saying the words “living in Africa” seems to make my heart race.
Everyone I meet seems to ask me the same questions “Are you in enjoying Botswana?” “Where are you from?” “How long have you been here?” “When do you leave?” “Do you plan to come back?”, etc.
I’d like to say that since I have been asked these questions so often that the response is easy and automatic. But that is certainly not the case. In fact, depending on the day, on the temperature, the work load, depending on my stress level, my answers are constantly changing.
“Yes, I like Botswana, I really do, but it’s very different from home”
“I’m from the U.S., a state called Oregon” “Oh, uh?….its just north of California” “Yes, California!”
“No, I don’t know Obama, sorry” “haha!”
“I came in July, for school, and I will be leaving in December”
“Will I come back?...uh?....yeah, I think so, but ask me again tomorrow”
Today’s 20 second clip:
I have a perfect view from my room as I watch the intensely pick sun drop behind the university buildings. The light streams though my window, splashing across my dull white walls, and illuminating the countless pictures of friends and family I have proudly displayed.
I have just finished my lamb and vegetable instant soup and am now full and happy. I know its time to settle in and prepare for tomorrow’s classes, but I decide to procrastinate a bit longer.
Instead in good Motswana fashion, I make myself a cup of five roses tea with a splash of full milk. Desert consists of nothing more than a couple of double chocolate rusks I keep on a plate next to me. Its nothing fancy, but tastes perfect with my hot cup of tea.
The new song “Miracles” plays loudly with great energy from my laptop, placed carefully at the edge of my bed. I stretch back and enjoy the final seconds of the sunset as I sip from my mug.
At this very moment I am a peace with Botswana