"I'M NOT HONEST, BUT YOU'RE INTERESTING" Peter Tosh
Let's be honest, even though I love my village and have had a great time here, Botswana itself is the most boring of all the African Countries, and maybe, just maybe, the most boring country in the world.
It's secret to boredom is that Botswana is the least multi-cultural country, it has one language, one culture, one way of dressing, one way of doing a wedding, and has seen nearly a half century of unbroken stability with no civil wars, no attempted coup, no heirarchy in tribes, and almost a total absence of corruption. There are no colorful markets, no coconuts falling on someone's head, people don't even complain here. Instead of dancing the night away on holidays, they attend all night church services---wow, that should really liven the personality up! It seems the only excitement is the weather, and the wildlife up north.
Batswana even learn to stand in line patiently for hours on end, and show no expression when I forge my way to the front with some lame excuse, because there's no way in hell I'm standing for hours in 100 degree heat to buy one lousy stamp. Einstein once said, “time moves at different speeds according to different things,” but boy oh boy, if Einstein ever came to Botswana, he may be a bit confused! Botswana has one speed for everything---SLOW, and TIME means nothing here! They have even learned the art of pure suffocation--- no air, no life---pure and simple!
Come on Botswana, I do love you, but it's time for your mid-life crisis, to shake things up a bit, experiment on the fruits of some excitement in life before you have a nervous breakdown. Maybe you should ask for a divorce or something from the diamond industry and flirt with your Swazi sisters next door, or listen to real South African tunes instead of the one same song every day. Don't you even wonder what it would be like to wander around in colorful garb like all your neighbors do, or to talk openly about matters of the heart, but hey, that would mean you'd have to snap out of your shyness.
The Botswana Zebras (national soccer team) went to France I believe awhile ago, and they were so upset by the French food, that they only ate bread for days. This is why the Zebras will never win a world cup! Variety, my dear Zebras is the spice of life, and Botswana has no spice! Yet, I really do love it here in many ways, I've found much humor in it's idiosyncrasies, and yes, there's probably beauty in the simplicity and the boring, but dear Botswana---you definitely need the wind to nudge you in another direction!