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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

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Kasman wrote on February 5, 2015, 1:48 PM

If it's ice cubes you're looking for come to Scotland! The temperature today was only just above freezing and the ice on the water bucket in my garden was an inch thick!

valmnz wrote on February 5, 2015, 2:01 PM

That is quite some heat! I've been moaning when our New Zealand summer has been reaching 29C

Lushlala wrote on February 5, 2015, 2:51 PM

Hehe Kasman- you couldn't pay me enough to come over to Scotland at this time of the year! We lived in Bolton, near Manchester and the weather was terrible there. But I know for a fact it's worse up in Scotland. We were actually looking at the weather app this afternoon, and we were very happy to be baking away in this desert!

Lushlala wrote on February 5, 2015, 2:53 PM could at least show some sympathy LOL I actually think 29 C is great, I could cope with that :) Apparently next week we'll be melting away with 44C temperatures!!! I doubt I'll leave the house.

gr8nana wrote on February 5, 2015, 3:33 PM

You can some of that heat to me in North America, it is so cold here. It is only 25 Fahrenheit. which is minus 3.88 Celsius.

Lushlala wrote on February 6, 2015, 4:43 PM

I hate the cold, but at the moment I'd be quite happy to swap haha