Sandblasted arses, rugby failure and The Wreck.

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Up and kettle boiled eggs for brekky before getting picked up by a knarly bird called Beth to go sandboarding. Once we collected the rest of our crew from the hostel we hit the Namib desert dunes where we faced a gruelling hike up to the 'ride zone' with our 'snowboards' - fooooking knackering!

Once at the top we got an introductory lesson to sandboarding and then pretty much flung ourselves off the slope! It was quite a liberating feeling. The ride down took about 20 seconds, and the climb back up about 20 minutes of slippery sand trudginess - it severely restricted the number of runs that we made!

After a while, we were given the opportunity to lay on a polished board and slide off a very steep dune head first into a dip whilst our speed was measured by a speed camera. Vikki went first having commandeered Paula's sunglasses so the latter was sand-blinded all the way down which was then complimented by a mouth full of sand entering through a screaming mouth as the speed escalated! Paula achieved 65kph but Vikki topped the table at an incredible 68kph!

Mouth full of sand, eyes full of sand, pants full of sand, we went for a last sandboard down the dune towards the cool box with the chilled beers! The fastest ride yet!

After a sarnie and some refreshment we went back to Swako to do the cook group Crimbo shopping and report Vikki's phone stolen at the local police station (also under renovation) before settling in to watch the England/South Africa rugby (Anand hates the English, apparently) at 'Naps' (As Steph, the local, calls Napolitana!). We picked up our sandboarding DVD and got ready for a meal at The Wreck (Swako's No.1 restaurant) leaving the others to wage war over the Wales/New Zealand match!

The Wreck was quite luxurious and the views of the sunset over the ocean were staggering. It was very reasonably priced given all this but we did not find the food to be outstanding - it was tasty but a little over seasoned and everything seemed to come with some sort of accidental curry accompaniment!

We returned to our apartment to enjoy the final night of calm ahead of our truck Christmas day tomorrow - woo hoo!
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annewardell on

we like Zack too - little sweetie! Sandboarding downhill @ 68mph, Vikki??!! Bloody hell!! xxx PS: take care! xx

annewardell on

ahhh - OK, 68 Kph, not mph, but still bloody fast!! xxx

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