Another new country - Namibia & Windhoek

Trip Start Apr 08, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Windhoek Lodge

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wow.  I thought the difference between moving from Zambia to Botswana was substantial, but it is nothing like the culture shock of moving into Namibia.  Perfectly paved roads, with lanes and street signs and on/off ramps and everything - completely shocking after weeks and weeks of barely (if at all) paved roads.  The houses are completely Western, with huge yards fenced in around them.  Actually, there are fences just about everywhere for hundreds and hundreds of kms along the roads too -- apparently there are huge private game parks all over the country.

Windhoek feels a lot like Tucson, if Tucson was influenced by Germans instead of the Spanish (Namibia was a German colony).  Same kinda suburban architecture/apartment buildings, in a valley, similar shrubbery.  They took us to a huge shopping mall when we arrived.  So strange. 

In exciting news, we had a hotel here!  It’s been many many weeks of tent life.  It was a thing of beauty, with fluffy white beds - happy day!

We went out to dinner at a place called Joe’s, known for various game meats. Lots of people had zebra and springbox and kudo…I wasn’t that adventurous and just had steak, but wow was it impressive.  And guess what else appeared in Namibia??  Good South African wine!  AND icecream!  (not together)  After dinner the whole group went out to a local karaoke bar, which was hysterically fun.  Still in a bit of disbelief about how different it is here though!

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