08/11/ – 12/11/2017
Arrived in Windhoek, I check into a central hostel for two nights, from where I can reach the next mall on foot to complete the most necessary errands for a relaxed start.
Right at the beginning, I organise an internet stick for my laptop, a Namibian SIM card for my own mobile phone and two more sim cards for devices that I want to give away. As I walk past a barber shop, I am told by an employee that what I have on my head is not really nice to look at. Hmmm, a questionable sales strategy, but it works for me. Maybe I’m just curious how the hairdressing result could look without using a pair of scissors on my head. As the hair of most male customers does not grow beyond the millimetre range, the shops do not own any hairdressing scissors and only work with machines (= electric shavers). In addition, my hairdresser seeks eye contact with his collocutor and colleagues from the neighbouring mirror rather than focussing on my skull. Surprisingly, the result on my head does not look too bad. Respect!
I contact Gisela from “Kaokoland e.V.”, arrange for my pickup and together, we decide to postpone the purchase (sponsored by my mum, my grandmother and my aunt) of school supplies due to lack of space. I am also not the only “guest” who is picked up to be driven to the far north. The first part of our two-day trip brings us to Outjo, where we collect Dora, the mother of our building contractor Urs. An incredibly positive woman. I am also happy to see the children and Ansta, Urs’s wife, whom I know from the previous year. After a joint dinner, the family and Kayphas, our driver, are privately accommodated in Urs’s cottage while I enjoy spending the night in a very comfortable room in the guesthouse run by Ansta. The said accommodation was named “Farmhouse” and is highly recommended, not only because of the beautiful rooms, but above all, because of the delicious gastronomic offer.
During the trip on the second day, the Northern half of Namibia shows much more vegetation as I remember from last year. Some rainfalls in the past week have given the leaves of the local plants a lush green. A rather unusual, but no less beautiful picture. Here and there, you can see “Zav-high” termite mounds and various representatives of the local wild as well as domesticated fauna between the trees. Gorgeous!
Arrived in Okangvati, I am very happy to see Urs and Andreas again and enjoy a joint evening with the whole group. And then drink one or two “Tafel” (a local beer brand) under the night sky that has at least the thousand-fold number of stars than the European black of night.
On Sunday, we sleep off the hangover of the reunion and plan the next week. Tomorrow, I’ll have the opportunity to meet Mr. Kakuwa, principal of Omuhonga School, and to see how last year’s CONDOR-sponsored school expansion has had an impact on school life at first hand. After that, I’ll visit the school in Otijimuru, whose development was sponsored by “DER-Touristik”. There will certainly be a lot to report. Look forward to it!