Blogs from Windhoek, Namibia, Africa

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Africa » Namibia » Windhoek January 5th 2014

3.01. 13:50 "only use the emergency toilet in emergecies, I repeat: Only use the emergency toilet in emergencies!" wir sind im Bus von Kapstadt- nach Windhoedk. 1480 km = 23 Stunden Fahrt. Ich frage mich, was für die Besatzung des Busses wohl alles als emergency durchgehen würde, auch wenn ich doch eine wage Vorstellung davon durch den letzten Aufenthalt in Ostafrika habe. Safe, dependable, affordable lautet der Slogan von Intercape und bisher hält sie, was sie verspricht. Einzig der als besonderer Service beim Ticketschalter angeperiesene Gospel während der Fahrt trübt die Begeisterung ein wenig- zu sehr ist die alltwöchenendliche Zwangsbeglückung um 7 Uhr ind er Früh des ansässigen Chors in Kisumu noch in Erinnerung. Und schon geht das Gedudel los, dazu zeigen 5 Bildschirme einen Einhemischenn, der mit umgedrehter Baseballhaube und weissem Hemd am Keyboard in ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek » Aris November 16th 2013

Namibia - wonderful, fantastic, sunsets and sundowns, dunes, sand, sand and sand, gravel roads, flat tyres, good beer, game, big car and a lot of kilometers (about 4000 driven km's). Dear Erma and Johan - our visit to your home and country have been wonderful, thank for your big help and hospitality. Your way of meeting us, helping us with planning of our "road-trip", use of your camping gear have been marvelous. Without this help, it haven't been possible. Looking forward to come another time, still a lot of places, canyons, rivers and sand to see ! We are looking forward to see you soon I Denmark. Give our best wishes to Norde', Valne', Carinna and Jaco. Namibia kan meget, men internet, mobildækning mv, er ikke deres speciale ! Så om kort tid følger opdatering fra ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Windhoek » Aris July 25th 2013

Well my friends - what an absolute slacker i am! in all seriousness, this is the first time i have been able to sit at a computer since my last update back in Zambia. Genuinely, we have only been using our phones with WiFi and to write this kind of text on my phone is a massive ball ache so i have been very naughty and not written anything. BAD KIMMY!!!!! So i shall fill you in on our adventures through Botswana and Namibia, and then i will write another entry for South Africa. Although as we are on our way home next Tuesday i dont really have loads of time so i may have to renege on that promise - but we shall see!!! :) So we got ENGAGED and saw some Rhinos and Rainbows ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek January 12th 2013

Hello, again, all my friends, Sorry to have already missed my once a week deadline. I'm toward the end of three weeks of orientation, mostly in Windhoek; but last week we spent in Imungwelume, up north, near the city of Oshakati. We didn't have wireless available, and I have not bought a Netman which lets you do internet through the phone lines, because I am pretty sure my school will have wireless access. The week in Omungwelume was at a school called Eengedjo where we were doing a practicum. They had put out the word (it was still their summer vacation) that we would be there and I think we probablly had 60 - 80 students from grades 5-11. It was great fun. We worked in pairs or threes to plan and to teach lessons. The ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek December 31st 2012

After a very, very, very long trip we arrived in Windhoek yesterday, late afternoon. The airport reminded me of the airport in Charlottetown. It was way out of town, but they had met us with vans, so it was easy. On the way in we saw some gazelles. It is now January 1st in Namibia. I need to go to bed, but wanted to let everyone know I am safe and sound here. We walked into the city today and I did pretty well in the heat. I may have melted a few poinds off, but nothing else. I learned that my school, called a "vision school" is for kids from all over the country. Ones who are good students, but are either orphans or have no money to continue school. It will be state of ... read more

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Africa » Namibia » Windhoek » Aris September 27th 2012

Windoek, Namibia, 29 August 2012 We arrived in Windoek at lunch time and booked into our rooms. We then had a pizza for lunch and caught the hotels bus into the city. Tom had a haircut and I found a card and present for Tom. Cards are certainly not a thing that the Namibians do as I had a difficult time finding a card. I also had worse trouble finding a get well card for my little granddaughter, Gemma, who is having her little bent ear corrected on 7 September. I found a DVD with African images and music on it and post cards with African animals for a get well card. We were too late to post the card for Gemma because we got there just after 4.30pm even though the locals said the Post ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Windhoek August 28th 2012

Today amrked the first of a few change over days on the tour for us. Today Ali, Lino, Luis, Ana, Hans-Peter and Barbara were leaving the tour :( The upside to this was that there would be new people joining! Once we arrived in Windhoek, Anna, Brendon and I tested the pool out, and once again it was far too cold to be of any use to us. I ended up sitting around the pool and having a beer with Ray before meting some of the new people. Hiroshi and Shin (from Japan) joined us for a beer, and soon Josh also joined us. At the meeting we also got to meet Zoe (Josh's wife) and Iaia. AFter a quick breifing we headed out for a welcome/goodbye dinner. We ate at Joes Beer House, where they ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek August 25th 2012

We started thinking about a trip to Africa last year and after deciding on a self drive the number of countries that we could go to was reduced quite a bit and in the end we decided to go to Namibia and South Africa which seemed to encompass most of what we wanted to see or experience. Given the difficulty of booking accomodations especially in Namibia we decided to employ a travel agent and after getting quotes from multiple agents and a few false starts including an agent whose quote quadrupled after we decided to go with him everything is booked. And so after months of planning and preparing we are finally starting our Southern Africa adventure. And it starts with a good omen as the Phoenix airport actually opened an exhibition on African animals so ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek August 23rd 2012

Aaaaand we're back! Thursday August 23 Hello people! I'm back! Sorry for the silence but I've had a week's break in Cape Town and barely touched my phone or looked at - let alone sorted - my photos. It's weird being back on the truck - and sleeping in a tent after a week of luxury. Heated floors in the bedroom and bathroom? Yes, please! Room overlooking Lion's Head and Table Mountain? Sure, why not! Clothes that don't have holes in them that I've chosen for style rather than comfort and practicality? Don't mind if I do! Cape Town was wonderful and although we didn't get to go shark cage diving due to weather and then availability, we did hire a car and drive to Hermanus (where we saw dolphins in the dismal weather!), make it ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek August 20th 2012

With only eleven days to go before we leave for Italy, excitement levels are rising and it is becoming impossible to concentrate at work. All that still needs to be booked is the train tickets - that would be a walk in the park, as I have already downloaded the train schedules and have a fair idea what the cost of these tickets are. (Hours of googling and internet searches - being dubbed Google queen doesn't come without hard work) Oh yes, I finally received my Visa last week Thursday -what a relieve. We are eagerly waiting to start packing - an emergency first aid kit is already in the bottom of my backpack, together with a few packets of sweets of coffee sachets (compliments of my mom). Untill next week - ciao... read more




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