Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dancing Under the Stars

One of my favorite things about living in Botswana is all the time we can spend outdoors here, especially during these cooler winter and spring months. The skies are blue every day, there is usually a light breeze, and although it's hot there is also no humidity. So as long as I'm sitting in the shade it is quite pleasant to be outside even in the hottest part of the day. This is in stark contrast to life in Shanghai, where we were lucky to have a blue sky day once a month and the city was without fail smoggy, dirted, and crowded.

In Shanghai, we hung out on our apartment complex's rooftop quite often, but it was a rare occasion that we were able to spot even one star through all the pollution and glare of the city lights. Other than the nights we sat out on the roof and the occasional meal if the weather was bearable and noise not too distracting, we spent most of our time indoors to avoid the hassle of crowds and bad air.

In Botswana, I eat lunch outside almost every day, sit on our patio by the pool after work, and all the parties we've been to here have held outdoors to take advantage of the cool, pleasant night air -  like last night when we attended a surprise birthday party for my supervisor at her house. It was quite fun to spend the evening dancing on her patio under a sky full of stars with not a sound to be heard in the neighborhood except our music and chatting.

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