Valentine's Day in Botswana

Posted on February 15th, 2011

Yes, it is a BIG deal here. Keith and I were going up the stairs to our shipping agent's office to check on our container. An older gentleman stopped and said,"Ladies first. It is Valentine's Day!" My shock must have registered on my face! When we lived here in the '80's and 90's Valentine's Day was not even celebrated or noted in any way by the locals. The kids and I of course made valentines and cookies to celebrate, but no one else in the village did.
Every where we turn, there are flowers, candles, candy etc. to buy to express your love for your Valentine! The cinema had a buy-one-get-one free deal and needless to say, they sold out!
The local hotels were offering romantic weekend get aways and forget trying to get a seat at the nicer restaurants!
Wow! Africa has changed so much in the 15 years I have been gone. Sigh, I miss the good old days!

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Raleen Sloan - February 20th, 2011 at 6:52 AM
Hello, Friends! Praying God's blessings on you this Lord's Day.

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