Maun: Relaxation After Body Interrogation
48 hours ago I was in Lesotho… Right now, I am near the top of Botswana. I can really make miles when I need to get somewhere. It is hell on my body, but I can cover the ground when I feel like I need to.
I have been really stiff all day. My body is tired of my behavior so I really took the day to relax. It was my way of saying thank you to all of my working parts for putting up with me.
I was at the Motsebe Backpackers until late afternoon when I decided that I needed to look around some. I hitchhiked a ride to the Old Bridge Backpackers, about 7 km down the road. I was feeling especially friendly so I sat at the bar and made friends. A woman, who was really receptive to my friendliness, was Lola, a tall, black woman from Botswana, who lives in Thailand. It all reminded me of the song “Lola” by The Kinks. That is scary.
I hung out at the bar for the afternoon and enjoyed my day, though Botswana beer hinges somewhere between “sucks” and “terrible”. The fancy export beer is 4.5% alcohol and the regular is 3.5%. There are early curfews for bars and it seems like nothing gets too out of control in the country. I am not sure about all of this…
Since I have arrived in southern Africa, it has become more expensive. I have been eating about half of my dinners from the deli/food-stall at the major supermarkets. Today, I noticed that they had a huge amount of cooked spaghetti in one of the containers, so I asked the man behind the counter what sauce he had to put on it. He told me that he has tomato sauce, so I asked for a bowl of the spaghetti, which he filled for me and then set on the counter. I asked him about the sauce and he pointed to the ketchup sitting on the counter…. Ummm, ahhhh, nah…
I came back to the backpacker hostel at dark to just relax. Fruits for dinner. Yeah, you are welcome you. You deserve it. We will have a quick look around Botswana and then get out before the financial drain of the country crushes dreams. Diamond mining sure makes a country rich and expensive. Well, cheap compared to Europe, but platinum priced compared to its neighbours.
So, with that in mind, I watched the movie Blood Diamond before I went to bed. Well, that scared the hell out of me. Wow, Hollywood really exploits things and stretches them past their limits, but there is certainly a lot of truth behind the movie. Merciless children infantries are so awful and the more time I spend in Africa the more I despise the white-man for the mass destruction of the land and the people in the name of greed.