Wednesday, 2 April 2014

B is for Botswana #atozchallenge


My father worked in Botswana for years and claims it's one of the places he'd live if he wasn't so happy in Ghana. He says there is a balance there. 
Taken from wikipedia.com

The citizens refer to themselves as "Batswana" (singular: Motswana). A mid-sized country of just over two million people, it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.  
Gaborone- the capital of Botswana. Taken from Google.com

The official animal is the zebra. Aren't they fascinating creatures?

Taken from Google.com
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34 comments:

  1. I think I could enjoy a sparsely populated country! And zebras are fascinating creatures! I've seen them in zoos, but I would love to see one in the wild one day!

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    1. Me too, L.G. I wonder if they are as gentle as they seem.

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  2. I knew almost nothing about Botswana prior to reading this, other than its location. Is it English speaking like Ghana?

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    1. It is an English speaking country, Rhonda. It's their official business language, just like Ghana.

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  3. Sparcely populated? How the hell did they manage to do that?

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    1. Lol. The rest of the world has to take some advice from them.

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  4. Interesting choice for B Nana. Thanks for the information and the lovely pictures

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    1. I'm glad you could stop by Sunday Visitor.

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  5. Any idea why the singular is Motswana? I'm curious about that change. 8D

    Cool post, thanks for sharing!

    Nicky @ http://njmagas.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/b-is-for/

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    1. Your question is a good one, Nicky, but a little too deep for me.

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  6. The (Zebra) are today. I love how their singular and plural are so different. I could remember the plural easy because of the country's name.

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  7. Again, beautiful. And it'd be cool to see a Zebra walking around instead of behind a fence.

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    1. It would be nice. Animals are the best when they are in their natural habitat. So free.

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  8. Looks beautiful. My neighbors are going to Africa for three weeks in May. I thought they said Botswana was one of the countries they are visiting. Definitely, South Africa. They are scheduled to go on 3 Safaris. I'm very jealous :)

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    1. You should be jealous. It sounds like a great vacation.

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  9. Agree with Cathy, I'd love to see the zebra in their natural habitat.

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    1. Me too. I bet you they'd ignore people, like horses do.

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  10. I live in NY, can you please explain what "sparsely populated" mean? I think I have 2 million people just around the corner...lol I can only imagine how great it would be to live there, I trust your dad on this...especially because the cute zebras are there to back him up. I like the pic of Gaborone ;)

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    1. You crack me up, S.K. Try taking a trip to Albany, NY and you'll understand the term.

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  11. Yes, of all the African countries, Botswana does seem to "have its act together"... lots of positive things about the country. It's one of Africa’s few success stories.
    The diamond-rich country also enjoys stable economic growth...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Nodding my head in approval, Michelle. Thanks for adding to to our knowledge base.

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  12. Interesting! It is good to hear opinions of people who live in different places. Everyone has countries they would like to live in :) I wonder what your dad meant by balance.

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    1. To tell you the truth, I didn't ask him. Or maybe I didn't get the chance because he likes to talk and it's hard for me to slip questions in.

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  13. Most of what I know about Botswana comes from the Ladies Detective Agency book series - I have no idea how like life that is - but it is fun!
    Good luck with the challenge :)
    Jemima
    #TeamDamyanti
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April!

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    1. I've seen that show a few times. It's really good.

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  14. Botswana is a country I never pay much attention. Probably because there's rarely any news about it and it's overshadowed by other more prominent nations in that region.

    Kiru
    Kiru Taye Writes

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    1. I can't imagine that someone from the most densly populated in Africa, third in the world- Nigerai- would pay the least bit of attention to one of the most scarcely populated. It is a very peaceful country. I wonder if population has anything to do with that.

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  15. I wish I could visit one day, but I don't think I could afford the trek from Australia.

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    1. I think when you become a huge author one day, Lynda, you'll write a book with Botswana in it and desire to do a little research. Then you can write it off on your taxes as a job expense.

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  16. Interesting facts about a place I know very little about. Didn't know for instance that the country is underpopulated. Love zebras though. They're wonderful to look at.

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    1. I didn't know it either, until I looked it for this blog. It surprised me.

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  17. I have some friends who once lived in Botswana. They say it's a lovely place!

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    1. I'd like to visit there one day.

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