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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 November 10th 2013

Flew to Zimbabwe, then after 1 ½ hrs clearing immigration, was taken to the border and passed through Botswana and on to Namibia. Finally got into a tinny and was whisked away to join the houseboat about 1/2hr up the river. There are 4 cabins on the houseboat and we are with 6 other people from France. Spent 3 days on the river and had our own personal driver (Martin) and tinny. He took us on tours up and down the river looking at wild animals. We also went to a village and had a tour there and a personal dancing show. Saw 2 lionesses stalking a ‘pumba’ (warthog). The warthog was initially completely unaware of the danger...just diddly bopping along with not a care in the world, munching on grass. For some reason, he looked ... read more
Then on to Namibia - Chobe River
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Africa » Namibia » Caprivi November 5th 2013

Dear All, A very warm greeting from the Angolan border, where we are having a day of washing and blogging before turning south. A nearby forest fire in Botswana has burnt itself out, and I have trained an Arrow-marked Babbler, Turdoides jardineli, to eat crumbs from my hat. We hope this finds you all well, it is hard to imagine a British November currently. We met a German tourist yesterday who almost fell off his chair laughing as he told us how he mistook the morning grunting and snorting of the hippos in the Okavango river, for the noises his wife makes in the bathroom. As I sit here typing, Jo is doing her morning routine and there are similarities! I think it is mainly the hippos..... We last blogged from Sierra Leone, after we finished ... read more
Leaving Rubes
The moto to Liberia
Wacky races to the Liberian border

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 October 6th 2013

This will be a very long blog as internet access throughout Namibia has been so limited. However we have just found this lovely internet cafe in the middle of nowhere near the town of Maun in Botswana so we will take advantage of the free wifi (as long as we drink some coffee) and upload our travels throughout Namibia. We stopped at the South African/Namibia border which was extremely busy - where had all these people come from - apparently groups of school children were setting off on vacation - I think we chose the wrong day to cross borders........ In the end we had a very long wait of over two hours in a slow queue with only a couple of people processing the visas when we finally arrived at the desk. We finally got ... read more
Fish River Canyon
Quiver Tree
Chris and Albert

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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Africa » Namibia » Rundu September 19th 2013

Hello, Everyone, Thank you so much for all the comments. I love getting little messages. It feels like college when the mail came and I would actually get a letter! I have a couple of fun things to tell you, but mostly we are busy planning, teaching and marking. They were right when they told us third term would be the shortest. We started teaching the 3rd and already it is the 19th. It is kind of like after spring break at Bartlett, we just zoomed to the end. Anyway, my co-teacher Lucia goes on maternity leave next week. Next Thursday is her last day. I haven't actually been told yet, but I'm going to be teaching my favorite 11th grade class, my 8th grade, and it has been jokingly suggested I take over her "Religious ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Caprivi September 3rd 2013

We leave N'Kwazi at nine again, and pop back to the gas station at Rundu for another hit on the ATM. We then have a choice of doing two hundred kilometres off-road following the line of the river to our next stop or a very straight tarmac road which runs in parallel. We start off on the tarmac, to make up some ground on the others who went off earlier. As we ride along the straight road, my mind wanders back to the previous evening, when we were "treated" to a dancing display by some local people, and pretty dire it was too. Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of this kind of stuff generally - we attended a wedding in the Tala Game reserve near Durban SA earlier in the year, and ... read more
Pam at Popa Falls
Pied Kingfisher
Hippostalking




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