It’s been a busy week, readers. I have more insightful posts lined up (honest! maybe) but for now, sorry: busy. So you get newsy.
On Saturday, Gulnur and I went on safari! Well, sort of: it was a two-hour game drive through Mokolodi Game Reserve (check out my photos!). We saw all the usual ungulates, and some very neat-looking birds. I also checked out their “injured bird sanctuary” and got the evil eye from a limping vulture. Adventure!
On Sunday we went to an ex-pat restaurant slash garden centre called Sanitas, a fair ways out of town, which was stuffed full of tiny zooming children whose parents were enjoying a Mother’s Day Brunch. It was a beautiful place, an oasis in the desert — right next to Gaborone Dam, so there was plenty of water for the gorgeous tropical plants, palms, and flowering bushes. We ate under umbrellas under gigantic trees. Everything was so very green and shady. It was lovely.
We also visited the Gaborone Yacht Club, situated on the dam. A yacht club, you say? In the middle of the desert, you say? Yeah: crazy ex-pats! It was lovely, naturally, with an incredible 360 degree view of the blue-green shallow waters of the dam — it’s actually located on an island in the dam. Crazy… you know. Once I get home I’ll photo-stitch together the panoramic I took (in nerd news: no more photo-stitch for Mac, boo.)
My job is going well, if fast. I can’t believe two weeks have almost gone by already – I’ve accomplished a fair bit, but am definitely feeling the pressure to get everything done in time. The most important thing, training, can’t really be done until everything else is finished, and it’s the one thing that has to be done in person. So. Pressure!
This weekend is a staff retreat, and I’ve been kindly invited along (go Team Orange!) even though I’m only really “staff” for another two weeks. There will be aerobics and team building and, you know
, a lion safari. Wait. LION SAFARI?! Adventure! Naturally, the place we’re going to is called “Lion Park.” It also has water slides, and a restaurant where you can watch vultures being fed. Naturally, that’s called “Vulture Restaurant.”
And, last but not least, I got an airplane cold! This happens so much that I had even packed Buckley’s just in case, and yeah — spent the day in bed yesterday with the blinds closed against the terrible, hurty sun. Ow, my head. Today I felt a bit better (sniffle), so I ventured out on the slowest grocery shopping trip ever, and plan to spend the afternoon recuperating — maybe by sitting beside the pool, in the gorgeous, gorgeous sun. Yeah, that sounds alright (achoo).