So blogging is a lot more of a commitment than I thought it would be. I have been very busy since I last posted, so here are some of the highlights.
Jan’s friends Pam, Juanita, and Trudy showed us phenomenal hospitality and had us over to their houses for dinner. We had homemade pizza, burgers grilled on an outdoor braai, and a whole bunch of fun.
We went to a game reserve called Midgard for a day. We got to go swimming, went German bowling, and laid in the sun. On the drive back to Windhoek, we saw warthogs, a porcupine, baboons, kudu, oryx, wildebeests, springbok, and GIRAFFES!! It was a fantastic day.
We also spent a weekend in a town on the coast called Swakopmund (or Swakop). We had some [Namibian] Italian food for dinner when we got there, and then we went on a catamaran tour of the coast. This was very tourist-y, but still enjoyable—especially when pelicans and a seal came aboard and we got to pet them! After the tour, I took a nap (which I have been doing pretty much everyday) and then we went to a restaurant called Tiger Reef—which is literally on the beach—and had chicken strips in the sand while watching the sunset. The next day, some of us went SKYDIVING! It was absolutely incredible and I have found a new (very expensive) hobby. Then we went for a swim in a little cove in the Atlantic Ocean.
On my 21st birthday, I got to sleep in, and then Carly made me some pancakes for breakfast. Then we went on a class field trip to the new history museum. For dinner, our group went to Joe’s Beer House, where I had a delicious drink and ate zebra, crocodile, kudu, springbok, and oryx (ORYX IS SUPER TASTY). Then some of us stayed out and went dancing.