We’ve been living in our new home for about a month now, and I can comfortably say that Otse will be one of my favorite places in the world for the rest of my life. I feel so settled here, so perfectly suited to the surrounding deep red mountains and rolling hills, to my job with Camp Hill and the wonderful, dedicated people I work with, to our huge kitchen where I’ve spent hours creating, dancing, experimenting and enjoying the company of the people I love the most.
Here’s a little tour of our new digs! –
Our house sits on the downward slope of the southern tip of the village, and from the scaffolding in our back yard where we risk our lives to climb up and watch the sunset we’re given a bird’s eye view of the valley below us. Life unfolds as family members shuffle from one compound to another, carrying babies on their backs or bundles of sticks on their heads, weaving through the traditional Botswana design of living surrounded by extended family.
My 10-minute walk to work has been plagued by tiny, screeching voices telling me to come and play, or cough up some money. I’m always slightly amused yet simultaneously heartbroken by the young age at which kids here adopt the mindset of, “lakgoa, mpha madi (white person, give me money)”. Two years into living here and I have finally learned to take it with a grain of salt and not let it ruin my morning (as I would have in my first few months in Botswana).
I'm slowly acclimating to the constant cool breeze that sweeps across my cheeks in the early mornings and late evenings; it's a notable change from the climate of Motokwe but, as with everything in my life these days, I'm learning to welcome the change with open arms.