Logbook: Traveling to Namibia

TRAVEL NEWS 

Local Time: 1:30 PM

Time Zone: West Africa Time UTC 0+1:00

How far did we travel this week?

Gaborone, Botswana to Windhoek, Namibia: 578 miles

Windhoek to Swakopmund:  162 miles

Swakopmund to Sossusvlei: 249 miles

Sossusvlei to Windhoek: 227 miles

Windhoek to Gaborone:  578 miles

How did we get around this week? 

By airplane, car and walking

What was the most interesting place we visited this week?     

The Namib-Naukluft Park, one of the largest natural parks in Namibia and the third largest on the Africa continent.

This Week’s Travel News: Have you ever heard of the famous red sand dunes in Namibia? Namib Desert is known the world’s oldest desert.  My friends and I decided to visit the famous dunes. For Easter Break, we took full advantage of our long weekend and flew to Namibia. To make the most of our short time and meet our budget, we decided to share everything. Together, we rented two cars, bought snacks and started driving.

NATURE NEWS 

Weather Tally

Sunny: 4

Cloudy: 3

Partly cloudy: 1

Rainy:

Snowy:  0

Windy: 2

How was the weather this week?

Most days were partly cloudy with some rainfall.

What animals did we see this week? 

Surprisingly, I did not see any animals this week.  Just a couple of puppies.

What was the coolest thing we saw in nature this week?  

Dune 45!

This Week’s Nature News: During our drive to the Swakopmund, we finally got to the Atlantic Ocean. On one side was the coast and the other side were sand dunes. We jumped out and started climbing our first sand dunes!

OUR NEWS 

What languages are spoken here?

English, Afrikaans, German and the indigenous languages Hero and Nama

What type of money is used here?    

Namibian Dollar, which is connected to the South African Rand

How much does a bottle of water cost?       

5 Namibian dollars

What was the best meal this week?       

There are many Western-style restaurants, but one my favorite meals was at Ocean Basket. I had fresh fish and fries.

 What music did we listen to this week?     

Can you believe it? We heard a lot of American Pop. We even got to listen to Jay-Z!

What activity was the most fun this week?  

Running and playing in the sand.

What did I read this week?

Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith and Dark Continent: My black Arse by Sihle Khumalo

What games or sports did I play?  

Unfortunately, didn’t get to play any sports. I did a lot of climbing and walking.

This Week’s News:  Traveling to Namibia was not something I really planned on, until my friends in my program invited me. It was amazing! Now, I am planning on taking full advantage of the next couple of weeks together as we finish up classes and get ready for our trip to northern Botswana to finally see the beautiful wildlife.

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