Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Places in Gaborone
Botswana may be a developing country but one of the first things you sense is the pride that its citizens take in their country. For instance, we visited the Three Chiefs Monument. It is a national monument about the history of Botswana and the three founding fathers of modern Botswana. Just as we look at our founders in the United States as men who overcame odds to establish a nation based on principles of freedom and equality, the Three Chief Monuments describes the struggles Botswana faced and the basis of the core values which led to development of Botswana as an independent nation. Our tour guide kept our interest throughout the whole tour because he spoke with great passion and pride about his country and its history. We also visited the National Museum here in Gaborone, and somewhere during my walk through the museum I ended up behind some children aged 6-11 years. What caught my interest about these children was the simple fact that they were all so interested in the exhibits and taking their time to read the brief paragraphs posted below each exhibit. It showed a sense of pride and knowledge for their country, and perhaps a thirst for knowledge in general. This was so great to see and so moving to see such young kids having a thirst for knowledge. I didn’t know what to expect from the people of Botswana, but they are extremely friendly, perhaps as friendly as us Texans. At first when driving into Gaborone it totally reminded me of Kingsville, as far as appearance, but when we were in the van and saw a monkey in the backyard of a tree; there was no doubting we were in Africa! Overall, I am enjoying my visit here in Gaborone.