Monday, March 14, 2011

Life in Africa

Normally when we go out  we don’t have a camera with us, but the other day  we purposefully took our camera with us to capture life here. We live in the capital city of Gaborone in Botswana and it is rather developed but just 10 minutes outside the city you are in the village and very rural areas. Here’s some pretty normal things we see.

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2 donkey carts ahead of ous on the road and on the right you can see a lady carrying something on her head as most of the women do here.

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We live in a very hot, dry place where most of the country is the Kalahari Desert. Here is a small stream with some cows grazing around it. Most animals here just graze freely and you have to stop for goats, sheep, donkey, and cattle to cross the road.

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Donkeys seem like such a sad animal. They do look for shade to stand in as the days get very hot.

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The above van is called a Combi. This is the transport system around town. There are normally 3-4 rows of seats and normally they get pretty packed out.

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Above is an example of some small “shops” set up on the side of the road to sell candies, sodas, or fresh vegetables.

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Most people here send their kids to a nursery school like the one above from the time they are about 1 year old. People look at me strange when I tell them that Taylor is not in nursery school.

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Above is a picture of a “Learner” car denoted by the infamous “L” on the back. These are people who are learning to drive and boy do they go SLOW. Yes, this picture was taken as we were driving but don’t worry we weren’t going faster than 5mph. We do drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car.

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