Day 1 - Entering Windhoek, Namibia
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
33Trip End Jul 17, 2013
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We proceeded to Windhoek, which was about a 20 minute drive from the airport.
Pedros helped me check in to the hotel and left. I couldn't believe how nice the place was.
I was hungry, so I wandered to the front desk and asked where I could get food on my own. She told me that the restaurant opened up in an hour (it was about noon at that point). I decided I would fall asleep for half an hour and head to lunch.
I woke up to a phone call, and a woman named Sophia informed me she had been nocking at my door and that she was here to escort me into town and show me around. She said she would be at my door once more in a couple of seconds, and she sure didn't waste any time. (Turns out I had slept until almost 5:00) In the short while it took her to get to my room, I managed to lose a contact on the floor (thankfully it was an old one), and was in complete disarray with one shoe on and one shoe off and unable to see out of one eye when she knocked. I then had to attempt to unlock the door (door locks with a key on both sides), and FINALLY let her. I had already forgotten her name... I was so foggy and embarrassed (and nervous!). Finally, when I became more coherent, we left. She took me to a store and I bought an adapter, as none of mine fit the outlets here (more about that later) and also water.
And the "tunnels" that were made of vinery were outstanding.
We journeyed towards the large German church that overlooked the garden.
We then went a little ways down the road and viewed another German statue.
Finally, we returned to the hotel's restaurant in search for dinner. Sophia asked if we could see a menu, and the cook informed us that we just order whatever we want. Well, that didn't help my indecisive tendencies, so finally I just said chicken and pasta. We waited for the food to get done as we sipped sparkling grape juice (Africa earned some more awesome points!). The food was decent, but I could tell I wasn't used to the way the chicken was cooked.
Sophia went home, and now I am spending the remainder of the night in my room, attempting to get the electricity to work with my computer. Because of the weight of my converter, the connection gets pulled out frequently, so I've come up with a few solutions (the best and least successful one shown).
As for now, this girl is off to bed. Breakfast starts at 7:00, Sophia is picking me up around 10:00 to get a cell phone, etc., lunch is at 1:00, orientation from 2:00-4:00, and then supper and who knows what else. Hoping we drive around and explore a bit more, but since it is winter here it gets dark (and cold!) by 6:00, so that makes things a bit difficult. Maybe I can convince her to take me elephant searching ;-)