Another sweltering day in Gaborone!
When you spend most of your working days cooped up indoors you can easily forget just how hot Botswana can get! We decided to do a bit of online work in the morning before nipping out to pick up a few bits and bobs and also stop to do a bank transfer. Maybe it was not such a good idea because by the time we left around lunch time; the sun was at it hottest, with the mercury soaring up to 37 degrees celcius. Luckily we got a lift into town. Our bank is located in an awkward place where the public transport doesn’t go. Well, I say public transport but it’s not really public transport as you know it. We don’t have buses, trains and trams here; instead we have these mini buses called “combis”, which are a huge nightmare! But that’s a story for another day!
From the bank, we decided to walk in the sun back to the nearest mall to pick up a few things before heading back home. Oh my! Botswana heat truly is in its own league, it was so hot it felt like we were walking through a massive oven. This was a fifteen minute walk too. I glanced over at my English husband, who has only lived in Botswana for just over a year. He wasn’t even breaking a sweat! –and yet here I was, a “child of the sun” panting and sweating up a river, moaning about the heat. I’m not sure how he does it, or maybe he’s just desperately after a tan?! He doesn’t tan very easily.
Anyway, we made it to Woolies (Woolworth’s) and then over to Spar (yes, we still have those over here!), picked up a few things and got on the dreaded “combi” back home. In the end it wasn’t too unbearable. We were in and out of town in about two hours and as we speak, I’m back at work with a gorgeous Oros (orange cordial) crammed full of ice-cubes, raring to go!
Image Credit » Picture of a combi: One of my own