Blogs from Namibia, Africa - page 6


Africa » Namibia » Rundu April 24th 2013

Here are some more photos. I'm still not good at it, so again two are the same. Two are in the school building courtyard, one at my front door, the fourth is three of my favorite girls by their hostel (dorm).... read more

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei April 21st 2013

Resumo: USD300 para o tour; diversas caronas; 4 dias; lugar lindo; estou bem. Como comentei no ultimo post, Namibia é bem diferente do que eu imaginava. Acabei mudando os meus planos de voluntariar por 1 mês. Não consegui encontrar um lugar que eu chamei de “home”. Assim, resolvi somente fazer mais uma parada em um lugar mega turístico antes de eu ir a África do Sul: Sossusvlei - Cartão Postal da Namíbia. Pena que não existia transporte público para chegar lá. O tour mais barato custaria USD300. Solução: viajar de carona. =) Um caminhão parou e ofereceu a minha primeira jornada. Como alguns sabem viajei o Leste Europeu assim e sempre fui contra pedir carona a caminhoneiros, pois eu tive alguns “probleminhas” (outra história). O primeiro moço foi muito bacana, pena que durou pouco a jornada: ... read more
Dead Valley

Africa » Namibia » Swakopmund April 11th 2013

Resumo: Namíbia é muito diferente do que eu imaginava; Não encontrei algo que fosse a minha cara para trabalhar; Perdi a Memória; Estou bem. Ao cruzar a fronteira Zambia/Namibia percebi que tudo era bem diferente da Africa que eu estava acostumada a viajar. Desde Zimbabwe tudo mudou. Começou a ficar mais caro, as cidades eram maiores, predios, as pessoas falam bem ingles .. Cheguei em Windhoek (capital) e fiquei besta. Parecia Europa! Visitei uma "favela" - Katutura - mas que nada se compara as favelas que visitei em outros paises aqui na africa. Encontrei então o projeto 'Hope Village' que abrigava crianças orfãs. Eles tinham de tudo: comida, roupa, quarto limpo e arrumado, voluntarios .. me senti totalmente inutil. Acho que fiquei mal acostumada com os padroes da Leste Africano. Enfim, nao senti vontade de trabalhar ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu April 9th 2013

Dear Friends, We are now on the third day of exams, and they go for another week. I have learned a lovely new word as a result. In Namibia, one does not "proctor" exams, one "invigilates" them. I invigilated history and ICT today. One does not get to invigilate one's own exams. The exams end on the 16th. Learners leave on the 19th (they wait for report cards), and teachers on the 20th. However, Bret (WT field director) is not sending a van for us until the 25th, so we will be here almost alone. We're hoping to get around the area in our free time. I'm hoping a boat tour on the Kavango River to see hippos and crocodiles. Easter weekend the school got busses and took the kids on a field trip one day. ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Kunene (region) » Opuwo April 2nd 2013

A « small » detour of 400 km north of Etosha Reserve and we reached the town of Opuwo, in the far North West part of Namibia. Why Opuwo? Well, outside of the fact that it brought us next to Angola (which is getting higher by the minute on my wish list), the area is known as the home of the Himba Tribe, a fascinating semi nomadic pastoral tribe that somehow seems to move through time unaffected by the modern world, with women still moving around bare breasted wearing a animal skin skirt. So how to get up close with the Himba tribe… We made our mind about Opuwo very last minute (basically the day before between two game drives) as we were initially hoping to cross the path of the Himba tribe in Outjo or ... read more
lady gathering
Himba Woman


Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park April 1st 2013

And somehow trying not to be eaten by a hungry lion in the process or disturb the large group of elephants passing along our car… Welcome to Etosha national park, a jewel when it comes to wildlife diversity and abundance set in a middle of a quite atypical landscape. 20’000 sq km in the center of which lies an immense salt desert, the Etosha pan, that gives the name to the park “the great white place of dry water”. Around it, grassland, woodland and bush home to so many species that you quickly stop counting and simply enjoy the easiness with which you can spot them. Map on hand ready to explore! Driving in the wild… The first day in the reserve was filled with anticipation, read about Etosha, chatted the night before with some South ... read more
yes this is the road...
Giraffe strolling around
Impala after the rain...

Africa » Namibia » Rundu March 23rd 2013

Hello, everyone, It's been more like two weeks, I realize, but what a two weeks! (Not necessarily good, just exhausting.) Mr. Lee's wireless was out for a while, so I had to use someone else's computer that can take the cable in order to do anything. That was depressing. Then I just went in to a down period, so I was reading a lot and not getting much done, which led to a ton of papers to grade (or rather "mark"). Many of you can sympathise (how do you like my British spelling?). It was never my favorite part of teaching. And then I apparently did it wrong. Both my co-teachers told me five points for content, five for language, and the composition I was reading was for 10 points. Wouldn't you assume you add them ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu March 10th 2013

Hello, All, I just discovered that my Feb. 20th blog had not been published, as far as I could tell. I called it the exorcism. However, it seemed some of you commented, so I may have just put it up a second time. If so, there are no changes and you don't have to read it again. I think it has been longer than I thought since I blogged. It is now 7 1/2 weeks and still no refrigerator. I am going to call the Inspector tomorrow. But we did get paid--TWICE. We got an automatic deposit for January, 1/2 a month. There was no information about it, so we didn't know. But when Rachel went to get some money, she discovered it in her account. So I checked and sure enough, I had some too. ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu March 10th 2013

I'm going to try a photo! I think you have to click on photos. The first is the main street in Windhoek, the second a classroom in Omugwelume where we practiced, and the third a bug that lived in the sink in Omugwelume. Needless to say, I used a different sink. I hope this worked.... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu February 28th 2013

Hello all my dear friends, It is Thursday, the 28th in the evening. Tomorrow is March already. Six weeks without a refrigerator, but we did get paid! I don't know how much, but the machine gave me the money I asked for. It was out of ink so not printing receipts. I have been having a busy week or so. First, school. I have done two very fun lessons, very cooperative learning. I get so jazzed when the kids are really working and enjoying it. We had been studying poetry a bit, so I decided we should have them write some poetry. So I remembered this format for a tiny little poem called a cinquain. It has five lines, one syllable in the first line, 2 in the second, 3 in the third, 4 in the ... read more

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