Botswana observations

Some interesting moments from my trip.  After arriving at the hotel from the airport (still with no luggage), I went into the room.  The hotel’s in Botswana were quite nice.  Granted, we probably stayed in the best hotel in the city.  Anyway, went back down to the lobby to get my un/pw for internet access. They asked “for how long” and I casually replied until “Monday” (was Wednesday).  I actually got a quizzical/blank look for about 45 seconds.  I was eventually told that they only have hourly plans.
2010-02 Botswana
Landing at the airport, the first thing you notice are all the constructions signs in Chinese.
The roads in Botswana (at least in the capital Gabarone) are all well built.  The traffic is horrendous and after the rains, you don’t want to take side streets as they aren’t as well maintained and have many potholes.  There is also construction on the roadway (thus leading to more traffic) that are either expanding the lanes and/or changing the roundabouts into signaled intersections.

More on roads – there are literally cows, goats and other farm animals that freely graze the sides of the roadway.  Of course, they have the right-of-way and its amazing the owners can keep track of them.

2010-02 Botswana

The city of Gabarone (the government center) feels very much like the Mexican city of Ensenada.  Except for the occasional termite mound, the housing, road width, etc… all look very similar.
There is gambling in Botswana.  The hotel we stayed in has as casino next door.  You have to pay an equivalent of $5 admission.  Unfortunately, at night, there are no open tables and the ones that have a seat or two open have too many serious/rude gamblers to make things fun.
Unfortunately, the local nature reserve did not have many animals.  It was also perhaps the time of day (around noon) so all the animals were asleep or not in the mood to come out near the truck trail.  The limited animals we did encounter, I have on my Flickr page

On this trip, there were more wild animals in the poolside of our hotel.  Apparently, the northern part of Botswana have A LOT more animals.  Next time, I hope to go there.

2010-02-28 Botswana
William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). As one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.

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