A Much Delayed Wrap-Up Blog

This morning I was closing tabs on my computer and discovered that I never posted my wrap-up blog! Whoops! Here it is, over a month after I got back from Botswana. Enjoy! Well, the semester is over, and I am finally back in the U.S. starting off my internship for the summer. It has only…

Daily Life: Laundry

We’re rapidly approaching the end of the semester. I leave in FOUR days!!! I went to church for the last time here this morning, and one of the elders asked me if I would read the passage next Sunday and I had to tell her “Oh, I won’t be in Botswana next Sunday” which is…

My Last $100

ACM asked the communications assistants to keep track of how we spent $100, or about 1000 Pula for me here in Bots. I decided I was going to be super on top of it and made an excel sheet to keep track of all my expenses for a little while, but of course I don’t…

A Picky Eater in Botswana (Daily Life: Food)

This blog gets this title because it is the exact phrase I Googled approximately 30 million times in the months leading up to my departure for Botswana. It was my biggest worry going into the semester, and I figured now was the time to write a blog about food. This one goes out to all…

Joburg, Cape Town, Rhinos, Meeting Dignitaries, and More!

I’ve missed writing about a lot of things going on here, so here are some headlines of exciting things that have been happening. Here goes! We went to Joburg! Almost a month ago now (has it been that long?) we went to Johannesburg for the weekend with the whole ACM group. We went to the…

Guest Blog! Making the Most out of Bots

Hey everyone!! Had enough of my same old blogging voice? Well we’ve got a great guest blog from Zach Thal, fellow Grinnellian and ACM Botswana student. Check it out! Dear Dedicated ACM Followers, Salutations from Gaborone. As some of you may have noticed, I am not Hannah Lundberg. I am a different Grinnellian who so happens…

Community Engagement (Or “Hannah is Woefully Underqualified”)

As part of my semester, I have to undertake an independent study research project paired with a community engagement volunteer opportunity. Because of my interest in religious life and pastoral work, I am working at the Holy Cross Hospice in Gaborone, a palliative care facility run through the Anglican church, shadowing and aiding their volunteer…

Coffee and the Patriarchy

  This morning at church I was craving coffee. Nope, let’s rephrase that. Every hour of the day, every day in Botswana I am craving coffee. This morning it was especially bad. I was wallowing in self-pity, cursing the Commonwealth for making tea a big deal, but not coffee, and feeling saucy about the concept of…

Daily Life: Showers

Showers. That’s something people want to know about before they study abroad, right? So here’s my blog to tell you about them. In the UB dorms, I live in the section called “Las Vegas,” where international students are typically placed (we’re all in this area this year, but I have heard that sometimes people end…

Safari Adventures

  Last week we went on our spring break trip in Northern Botswana, and wow. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. Our trip was pushed forward two weeks because the strikes at UB caused our official spring break to be canceled, but I am so thankful we still got to…

Patience… Always Patience

A lot has happened in the past week, and I’ve fallen behind with blogging in the midst of it all, so this will be an attempt to recap some of the adventures (a positive term for a lot of frustrating events) of the past week. Last Thursday we got word that the student strikes from…

Protests of Our Own

Last night, while the women of our ACM group were having our inaugural wine and cheese night together, we heard from one of our roommates that a student strike was being planned for the next day (today). Confused, we asked for more information and learned that the students were planning to boycott their classes to…