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Africa » Namibia » Rundu August 31st 2019

Day 8 really was a rest day; we did next to nothing so todays blog is short and sweet. After breakfast we took a quick trip into Rundu to find a craft market because we wanted to make some dangling ornaments for back home. For those who don't know the area Rundu is the capital of the Okavango region of Namibia and to be frank it's tatty and extremely dusty. The roads are busy, and the drivers aren't terribly good. We did find the craft market, but it was very busy and didn't look terribly appealing, so we abandoned the idea for today. Then headed back a little way East and found a nice riverfront lodge but unfortunately the Cappuccino I've been searching for for several days now was a little lacking. Nice spot though right ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu August 30th 2019

Day 7 was a bit of a rest day but as usual we both got itchy feet and needed to get out and do something. We started by taking the short bird walk around the lodge before breakfast and saw some beautiful birds and then went for breakfast. After breakfast we scoured the Internet and I came across a museum, a living museum. Never heard of this before so Googled it and found that it is a group of people showing how a tribe in Namibia lived and worked. Figuring the hotel must know something about it we asked the reception, no clue, we asked a waitress who had heard of it so she called their "tour guide" and he had no clue so we figured it must be good and decided to go find it. ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Rundu August 29th 2019

Today was a little sad but also exciting to move on. The drive isn't a really long one to Rundu in the Okavanga region of northern Namibia. Headed out at 8 after breakfast. The route takes us back down the A33 from Kasane to the border post at Ngoma Bridge. Another great sighting of a very large Giraffe crossing the road right in front of but unfortunately didn't have the camera handy. Reached Ngoma bridge in about 45 minutes and began another exciting interaction with border immigration. Botswana side wasn't an issue, well not for us, but the lady who was supposed to be manning the desk but was outside sunning herself seemed a bit put out that she had to come and stamp our passports. Namibian side was a bit more interesting although it's the ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Rundu January 11th 2014

6.1.2014 Der Grenzübergang auf dem Rückweg verläuft schnell verggleichsweise schnell und komplikationslos. Die Beamten wissen wohl um die Strapazen die man bei der Einreise in ihr Land durchmachen musste und geben sich diesmal effizient und freundlich. Nach der Passkontrolle fährt man in eine "veterinary disease control". Ich werde gebeten den Kofferaum zu öffnen, brauche hierfür aber ein Weilchen, weil ich noch Schuhe anziehen muss. Der Beamte wartet geduldig und entschliesst sich spontan, sich doch zuerst die Rückbank zeigen zu lassen. Ich öffne die Tür bereitwillig und sehe schon an der sich verändernden Miene, dass ihm die Lust vergangen ist sich durch unsere Unordnung zu wühlen. Ich kann ihn nur zu gut verstehen (geht mir genauso) und schliesse die Tür wieder. Die Kontrolle des Kofferraums begrenzt sich dann nur auf den Kühlschrank. Anja wird unterdessen gefragt w ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu December 1st 2013

Hello, Everyone, I saw the most amazing thing I have ever seen last night. The learners went home yesterday, so we are all free for the weekend. We were in our flat playing cards with some friends (first time ever in Namibia, we played a game called "Take Two") Anyway, it rained all day yesterday, so we had the doors open getting the cool breeze. We had the porch lights on, but our kitchen light is very bright. I noticed a bug flying around. Suddenly there were more and more of them. We closed the door but they kept coming in under the door. So I put books along the bottom of the front door and a garbage bag and some cans of food to hold it next to the back door. But there were tons ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Rundu November 16th 2013

Dear Friends, My friends Barbara and Alan Braley from Fairbanks just left Monday after being here for two weeks. They came in time for our school play on Nov. 2nd, which went very well. We have several very talented actors, and one great comedian who added some light relief to a pretty somber play. The major problem was sound. Our sound system has just one mike which wasn't any use for a play. We taped it to a table, but people weren't close enough for it to pick up much. My job was to train two students to be stage managers. One, Reegina, really took over and did a great job. The other, Hermanus, morphed into the sound technician, while I mostly acquired all the props and created the "house / school / hospital." During the ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Rundu October 24th 2013

Hello, All, I am giving a mandatory test (every two weeks we have to give a test). Since we have to give them, we call them exam practice, because the exam is the only thing that counts for grade 11. There is quite a bit going on right now. We had another bout of witchcraft!. There was a knock on the door at about 1:00 a.m. and my roommate, who is supposed to be the hostel (dorm) supervisor, never hears anyone knocking. It was three girls. They said another girl had had some kind of dream about a man in black (with white under it) and when she woke up the man was there beckoning to her. She started screaming and woke up others. One of them saw this man as well, so they came to ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu October 24th 2013

Hello, All, I am giving a mandatory test (every two weeks we have to give a test). Since we have to give them, we call them exam practice, because the exam is the only think that counts for grade 11. There is quite a bit going on right now. We had another bout of witchcraft!. There was a knock on the door at about 1:00 a.m. and my roommate, who is supposed to be the hostel (dorm) supervisor, never hears anyone knocking. It was three girls. They said another girl had had some kind of dream about a man in black (with white under it) and when she woke up the man was there beckoning to her. She started screaming and woke up others. One of them saw this man as well, so they came to ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Rundu October 2nd 2013

Hey, everyone, I just made a carrot salad with a veggie peeler. I threw in some apples, too. Not bad. My cohort, Lucia, is officially on maternity leave. We did finally manage to have her shower, but it didn't look like we would. So the night before she was leaving, I took my apple crisp over to her flat, and we sat there and chatted and ate apple crisp by hand, because I forgot utensils and hers were all packed up. It was actually a lovely time. The next day she was going to leave at one, but one of the other teachers got her a ride, so she stayed until after our meeting when we gave her the gifts and drank juice and ate chocolates (you'd think we were all pregnant). The really amusing part ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Rundu September 21st 2013

Surprise, Surprise, only three days later. I did get up to go to the store early today and was triply lucky. The cash machine was working, there was a breeze, and several teachers had the same idea so I got a ride home. Today was a lovely day. Really, the breeze makes all the difference. I actually walked briskly to the store. Usually I do the Africa stroll, which is not really any sort of exercise except for being longer in the sun melting. We watched Akeelah and the Bee tonight for the Saturday night entertainment. I had never seen it and quite enjoyed it. But the kids!! At first they were clapping and for too long, so we were trying to shush them so people could hear. But by about halfway, they were shushing each ... read more
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