Thursday, 8 January 2015

And So It Begins

After 23 hours in the air and two days of travel, we (finally!) arrived in Namibia! We had a brief layover at London Heathrow, so we decided to go to Windsor. A very kind, intoxicated, old man showed us around Windsor, and we got to see the huge, beautiful Windsor Castle. I also tried fish n' chips for the first time! We then went back to the airport, and boarded our flight to Johannesburg. It was a very long flight, but we eventually made it to Windhoek, Namibia.

I have now been in Namibia for two days, and I still can't believe that I will be spending 5 months here. We are staying in the Emona Hostel (which is like a very nice dorm) at the University of Namibia and, so far, we are the only people living on campus. Last night we had a barbecue (called a Brai) which was very fun and tasty. We also went shopping yesterday, which was very exciting. The stores are similar to those in the US, and one store we went to was like a small Walmart. While shopping, I bought some Exotic fruit juice and Namibian Wheat Beer (my first alcohol purchase)!

For the month of January, we are taking a course on the history of Namibia. We had our first session yesterday, and it made me so excited to be here and learn about Namibia! Today was our first actual class, and we learned a quick outline of Namibian colonization, including German rule, tribal regions, and Namibian geography. Our professor is a very nice woman named Martha, and she is the chair of basically every humanities department at UNAM. I am so excited to keep learning about and experiencing Namibia! Tomorrow we plan to take a tour of Windhoek (led by our friend/tour guide Scoby) and learn more about the townships that comprise the city. We are also hoping to visit Cape Town, South Africa sometime this month. I can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead!

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