11 4 / 2012
So there is a traditional home brew in Botswana called Chibuku (or affectionately known as Shake Shake). It’s a beer made from fermented sorghum and sold in a milk carton. Chibuku is sold at Shebeens (bars ran out of someone’s home) and a large source of income for a few of my neighbors. It is cheap and extremely alcoholic. It tastes like gritty Miller Light, with chunks of sorghum to munch on. Not that tasty, but it does the trick.
So we’re in Maun, and my friend Ashley and I are running out of money. We spend out last pula on a boat ride through the Okavango. The brochure encourages patrons to bring their own alcoholic beverages. We decide to buy some Shake Shake and go local for the holiday.
Mekgoa (white people) drinking Shake Shake is apparently a hilarious sight. Our boat captain kept taking pictures of us on his phone. Other boats with Batswana broke into fits of laughter when they saw us. One party boat flagged us over and we had a dance party on a marsh while the sun went down. It was so much fun!
So there are lots of ways to integrate!