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O2 Presale: 10am on 25 September
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The return of old friends!

August 22nd, 2002 No comments

Today we left the coast and headed back to Windhoek for the last time. On the way we stopped at a local craft market to purchase some souvenirs and I decided to buy lots of woodwork and other crafts including bowls and little statues. They wanted a mixture of both cash and other items. I was able to part-exchange an old watch, old pair of shoes and some unused suncream for some of the statues. It was a nice place to pick up traditional souvenirs but there were so many people there in competition it almost felt like we were being fed to the Wolves at times but they were really friendly with it and we never felt threatened or anything.

The market

The market

After arriving back in Windhoek we did some last minute shopping in the city centre – parking in the same car park by the Supreme Court again. I bought some souvenirs for people and also stocked up on Steers Special Seasoning. I tell you – this stuff has been a life saver these past few weeks. We bought it on the first day just to spice things up occasionally but ended up using it on everything every night so had to re-supply ourselves with some when we stopped at the supermarket in Mariental after leaving Hardap. The food we were supplied in advance (the MacDougall’s stews etc) was so horrible it tasted like watery cardboard. I think what we didn’t use was exchanged by people in the craft market too but the Steers definitely helped get us through until we could get some proper supplies. Although we carried on using it after getting supplies as it’s nice stuff!

Windhoek City Centre

Windhoek City Centre

Windhoek City Centre

Windhoek City Centre

When I got back to the truck Dan was causing more problems and this time for the locals not just us. There was a kid that was trying to sell the people in the truck some sort of traditional musical instrument. Dan decided it would be a good idea to demonstrate his spear that he bought at the craft market and when I got back to the truck he was chasing this poor kid across the car park waving the spear over his head to cries of “don’t kill me… don’t kill me”. If that isn’t an example of how bad things were getting with him, and an example of something that will destroy relationships between Africa and Europe, then I don’t know what is. It was also not a good idea to do that outside of the Namibian Supreme Court but luckily for our group he didn’t cause some sort of international incident.

Our Truck

Our Truck

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

We then made our way back to the same hostel we started at on the first night. I arranged it so we were in the same room again… and were greeted by seeing GERTRUDE again! When we were relaxing in our room the Meerkat paid us a visit too. It came walking into the room and straight under one of the beds. We wondered what he was looking for until I laid down and saw him unwrap and then eat a boiled sweet that somebody had accidentally dropped. That creature was so cute… I love Meerkats!

Meerkat on the bed

Meerkat on the bed

Meerkat feast

Meerkat feast

GERTRUDE!!! AGAIN!!!

GERTRUDE!!! AGAIN!!!

Tonight we decided to blow the money we had left on ordering something like 18 pizzas for us all to share¬†and while they¬†were basic they were also really nice. As pizza is my favourite meal it’s a fitting end to my time in this amazing country. I’ll be sad to say goodbye in the morning!

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We made it to Namibia!

July 27th, 2002 No comments

Welcome to Africa…. we made it to Namibia!

We’re currently in the Chameleon Hostel which is a fairly nice place to stay in the capital, Windhoek, which has a very friendly resident Meerkat. It keeps looking at us strangely but seems used to tourists. Our room has this weird mural/tapestry thing that looks like a cross between a tribal leader and the Pringles man. Me and Dan B have named it Gertrude and now we can’t stop laughing!

The Meerkat

The Meerkat

On Wednesday after arriving at the school we all had either Fish and Chips or KFC for lunch before sorting through our bags and completing last minute paperwork. I did add something to my bag though – not something I forgot but we were told that the locals in Namibia would be really interested in our lives and where we come from so I took loads of photos but thought it would be a good idea to take a school prospectus too. We will be seeing their school I think they will enjoy seeing ours. The rest of the day we mainly played games (football, basketball etc) and chatted to each other before sleeping on the very hard floor of the school gym!

In the school gym

In the school gym

Thursday morning we spent checking the World Challenge equipment such as tents and checked that everything else was there before heading up in convoy in two school minibuses (one for us, one for the equipment) to Heathrow Airport. As the person that did the majority of work organising this trip I was nominated as the team leader until we get to Johannesburg and managed to get everybody through Heathrow fairly quickly. South African Airways did a good job of checking us in and we were soon in the departure lounge waiting for our flight. We’ll have a different leader every day I but we’re there a month so I’ll be the leader again at some point.

After a 10 hour flight we arrived in Johannesburg airport and I managed to lose something – my bum-bag containing all of my money, passport etc. Luckily I remembered seeing it at the baggage scanner in the transit area so I went back there to collect it and after filling out a form and bribing the customs official with 20 rand I got it back. I then went back up and met the others before realising something else was missing – my top. I didn’t remember using it on the plane so must have left it at Heathrow when the rather large security man decided I needed searching and I had to put everything down. Luckily there was a good outdoors store in Johannesburg airport so I bought a new fleece. We had a long wait ahead of us so found various ways to amuse ourselves. Dan B decided on this….

Dan and the hats

Dan and the hats

After a 10 hour layover we boarded another plane for a short flight to Namibia. When we arrived I had to help the group through immigration – our accommodation for that night had been arranged by our driver so we didn’t know where our first nights accommodation would be for the incoming passenger card. Most of us put the address of the school we’ll be staying for the next 2 weeks, but a few people didn’t put anything and got queried by the woman on immigration. Luckily this matter didn’t involve bribery! We spent most of the rest of the day drinking and playing pool in the hostel before having an early night.

In the hostel

In the hostel

GERTRUDE!

GERTRUDE!

I had my first African shower last night – it was outside in the courtyard and very cold which came as a bit of a shock. We have just had eggs and toast for breakfast (a few people decided on eggy bread instead) and should be leaving the hostel soon. We’ll be stopping off in the city to exchange money, buying anything we need and then heading off to the town of Gibeon. We’ll finally be able to see the real Africa – we had to stay in Johannesburg airport and arrived after sunset yesterday so haven’t seen any of the continent yet!

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