Weirdest Town Of The Tour So Far

Trip Start Jul 17, 2010
Trip End Sep 19, 2010

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fell asleep on the drive back down the salt road to Swakopmund, named for being at the mouth of the Swakop river apparently. Seems that the town was pretty much built on sand dunes that they just shovelled out of the way, and as the prevailing conditions created the dunes in the first place seems natural that they would start forming again, so every house / building has a wall around it to stop the sand coming in.

The streets are wide like older towns where they needed room for stagecoaches and bullock teams to turn around, and they aren't tar, its more of the salt road with some sand thrown in. Lots of sand everywhere here. Lonely Planet described the town as being more German than Germany but I think the writer was drunk or has never been here.

It's like a ghost town - massive big wide streets, not many people around at all, lots of buildings have been renovated or are new yet don't seem to be getting used, concentrations of people happen in very few places. I could describe it as a half arsed African version of Dubai (for those that know my opinion of Dubai) - a town in a place where there shouldn’t be one and needing tourists to visit to keep the place at float and nature at bay.

Straight to the activity centre and booked in for quadbiking and sandboarding the next day, and then the whingers bailed on doing skydiving. I couldn’t believe it!! After all the moaning and complaining and causing troubles with Kenny about the schedule and travel times, they didn’t even do it in the end. I felt like giving each of them a good slapping.

Walked around town for a while in the afternoon looking around but there wasn’t much happening, had a few beers at The Lighthouse and then stayed for dinner. Oryx steak was pretty damn tasty.

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Hugo on

You definitely know nothing about this town... very racist attitude as well

Bozzie on

Glad to hear your enjoying your adventure. Wil see you in a week if you dont get eaten diving with sharks.

And to Hugo, this blog is for his friends/family to follow Matt on his travels, Matt is far from a racist. Dickheads like you that add in meaningless comments and slander people unnecssarily should go get a life. The mere fact he was comparing places which dont agree with your opinion is hardly cause for your accusations. If you dont have anything to add that's useful or insightful, do everyone else a favour and keep your comments to yourself. you wanker

Dee on

Hugo, You definately don't know anything about Matthew - so keep your comments to yourself. As you can tell from Dr Matthew's profile picture, he is a highly educated and well travelled doctor who is currently on a humaniatiran mission looking after the less fortunate. If that makes him a racist, so be it.

Dr Matthew, thank you for your travel update

matt_werner on

Hugo, I'm just telling my friends and family what I see and hear along the way. If that offends you then don't read it.

As for my humanitarian mission, I have put 123 gingers temporarily out of their misery so far by dying their hair and shaving their eyebrows, we have also prevented 456 cases of gingivitis being passed between schoolchildren by removing their teeth so they cannot bite anyone else.

K to the erry on

HAHAHAHA....that is all :)

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