This is an early blog post! I’ve finally had the time (and wifi!) to sit down and write a fairly long one, so enjoy!
In-service training (IST) was absolutely an adventure and a rollercoaster the entire time we were there. All 70 of the Bots 18 cohort arrived in the capital, Gaborone, on November 19th and had training sessions until the 30th.
First of all, it’s insane how tiring it is to go back to full days of training. I don’t know how I did it during pre-service training, or high school for that matter. I felt so absolutely exhausted the entire time, even before I got food poisoning.
That’s right–food poisoning. Along with numerous other people in our group.
Somehow, we ate something bad or maybe was prepared with water our bodies weren’t used to, so we ended up all being insanely sick for days. I still am recovering from it! As if that wasn’t enough, our hotel’s ceiling caved in during a bad rain and the whole place was raining. There was waterfall down the stairs. I will not mention the name of this hotel as we did have nice rooms, AC, a pool, and showers so I don’t want to bash them.
On the flipside, we had time to explore Gaborone for the first time since we got here. When we first arrived in country we couldn’t actually leave our hotel compound (we were jet-lagged, unvaccinated babies) but this time we could go out!
And go out we did.
Mainly to eat, honestly. Even when we weren’t feeling well, we definitely rallied and did what we had to do to go have a nice meal every so often.
Near our hotel there was another, much fancier hotel that we frequented. They had an Asian restaurant (Asian!), a steak place, and several bars complete with literal, actual Vervet monkeys running around.
One of these monkeys actually jumped onto someone’s table and stole some of their red velvet cake! They also had a very large, very vocal peacock that outshines any peacock you could see at a zoo.
It was absolutely wild to see monkeys just running around. I loved the ambiance of the place, and the inside of the hotel was absolutely insane. It reminded me of a cruise ship in some ways, so anyone coming to visit me and wants to spend a couple days in Gabs will be staying there and will definitely be letting me stay with them as well!
On that note, I’m going to warn you that I may have a delay in terms of my next post. I’m flying out to Senegal on Sunday for the STOMP Malaria Bootcamp and I’m not sure how much time and internet I will have to post 🙂