A brief stop in a small Namibian village!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 13 – morning

Day 6 - Northern Experience Tour
Cloudy blue sky, 42 Celsius, very hot

Up by 6:00am, breakfast at 7:00am, departure at 7:45am!   This is what I call being on a schedule!       

This morning, we left quite early the Canon Road House because we had a long drive ahead of us; 580 km in total before reaching our next accommodations for the night!   Sitting way in the back but this time on the left side of Mhondoro, once again I let Michel sit near the window!   This way, I had the whole alley in front of me giving me more freedom of movement without feeling trapped in.   

The roads continued to be dusty and bumpy and the vehicle to rattle and clack while we occasionally bounced around…….but the landscape never ceased to amaze me as I watched it go by endlessly!   

The temperature outside was very hot and we could feel it in the vehicle even though the air conditioning was on!    But hey, this was part of my African adventure that I signed up to and I loved every minute of it!  

Today, we spotted the same old wildlife as yesterday running everywhere in the horizon or even crossing the dirt road right in front of us.   Springboks and zebras!   I continued to take pictures of them even though I had many by now but was quite happy when finally the famous "oryxes" were finally spotted!    Michel could now see "alive" what he ate last night!   Hehehe!  

A short stop was made in a small village in southern Namibia called Bethanie!    Ranked as one of the oldest settlements in the country, this was where NTando filled up the truck's two gas tanks while we raided a small grocery store for goodies and water several meters away.   

Black people, young and old, sat along the sidewalk’s edges in this intense heat and watched us invade their dormant village probably wondering “who the hell we were”!   We were the only white people around apart from NTando of course!  

Looking around me, many plump and skinny black women walked along the street all dressed in their colorful cotton dresses with matching hats or scarves wrapped around their heads.  

It was interesting to observe them go on with their daily activities while wondering what kind of life these people had living here in a country where poverty and AIDS were a major problem, where  temperature was extremely hot like today; 42 degrees Celsius!   I now understood why everything was done so slowly in Africa!   It was unbearable in the heat! 

To be continued…

Monique   :-)
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Mili Cruzalegui on

So funny!

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