I didn't forget about my blog
It's been 2 weeks since my last post, and a lot has happened. The wedding in Mochudi was a no-go: my roommates and I were all really busy with work, so we couldn't devote the whole weekend to a wedding. We've all been assured that there'll be another one somewhere before we leave. We did manage, however, to make it to a Botswana Zebras versus the Egypt Pharoahs soccer game. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, but everyone at the game was pretty excited, because the Pharoahs are the current African champs. Botswana isn't really known for its soccer, so a tie game was just as good as a win.
Last weekend, my roommates and I went to Johannesburg, South Africa, for a Jay-Z/Rihanna concert. We had to get up at 5am to catch the bus at 6:30. The bus ride took about 7 hours, including an hour and a half wait at the border. The concert was a lot of fun, but there were a couple of casualties. About 10 after we got into the Coca-Cola Dome, Graham's camera was stolen. I didn't even really know that pick-pockets even exist, but apparently they do, and they're very good at what they do. Not long after that, my phone was stolen, and I didn't feel a thing. After being temporarily blinded by rage, we decided we might as well enjoy the concert.
The ride home was also not without a hiccup. We woke up at 6:30am to catch the 8 o'clock bus. This one was from a different company than the one we took to Johannesburg, and at the onset, it appeared to be much better. The seats were really comfortable, the hostess provided chips and juice, and we got to watch a couple of movies from the Martin Lawrence Collection (no joke). About 40km from the border, things changed.
The bus was leaking transmission fluid, so we had to pull over to the side of the road. The driver wasn't sure whether it was fixable, so he called a mechanic from Gaborone (about an hour away, excluding crossing the border). We had to wait in the bus, with the AC off, until the mechanic got there, which took about 3 hours. Keep in mind that we had been up most of the night at a concert, and it was our second day in a row of waking up before the sun rose. Plus, there was no time for showers in the morning.
When the mechanic finally got there, he worked for about an hour before deciding that he couldn't fix the problem. We were given a partial refund and were told that we had to hitch-hike back to Gaborone. There was a police blockade set up to help with the hitch-hiking. We eventually got a ride from a South African guy who was going straight to Gaborone, so he was able to drop us off at our house.
The silver lining (for me, anyway) was that our co-ordinator from Canada, Tammy, was in Botswana for the weekend. She had HER phone stolen somewhere along her travels, so she had to buy one here. Phones bought here don't work in Canada though, so she just gave it to me to use for the rest of the trip. It's a nicer phone than the one I had, so I kind of ended up on top.
The "ferocious rooster" I mentioned in my last post is really getting on our nerves. He's grown so bold as to come into our backyard to crow his heart out. He usually flies away when we go outside, but there are only so many times a man can run out into his backyard, pantsless, in the middle of the night. If anyone has any ideas on how to get rid of this guy, or any suggestions on a proper sidedish for Horrible Rooster a la King, it would be much appreciated.