Hot. as. HELL! And I’m not talking about someone.
I have arrived this morning. Hoping to post photos of my trip in this one thread whenever possible. Keep in mind that Namibia is a developing country and internet is slow and not always available.
Needed to stock up on my snacks before leaving. The same bag costs twice as much at the Haribo airport shop but not at a supermarket just a few steps away. The price of most thing at this supermarket is normal, as in not grossly inflated because it’s inside an airport.
My flight. I like making photos of flight departure board with my flight on it.
My bag weighs under 5kg and that’s including my own bed sheet and pillow case. I bring no more than 5kg when going to a warm destination. The bloody camera battery chargers and toiletry weigh more than most things. Lots of people have cabin baggage bigger than my checked rucksack.
Dinner at the airport. Koeln-Bonn airport is small and old but less hassle. I really like it. Not many interesting places to eat or drink here, however.
Big portion of tartare. Asian flavoured.
Flight duration is a little over 10 hours. It was uneventful except I can’t really ever sleep on a plane due to an enormous amount of stress (noise level, being uncomfortable, stupid passengers, interior temperatures, security controls etc). Make flying and travelling a luxury again. I would support that.
Anyway, almost there. Namibian coat of arms. Two gemsboks (Oryx) and African fish eagle. Gemsbok is the most common game meat in Namibia. (I ate it for the first time today for lunch)
Welcome to Namibia, kiddos. Everything is brown and dry (until you enter the desert).
Namibia is a bit like Scandinavian countries: vast, tiny population, multilingual, has natural resources etc but the mentality is quite different. Conservative, anything that’s not heterosexual is illegal.
Spring has just started in the southern hemisphere. In the summer it gets even hotter, around mid 40C. The date should be today, the 18th.
Airport is tiny. Only 1 plane lands in a short while and the runway can be clearly seen from where I was queuing for passport control. Runway is just right outside the building. You could almost see the faces in the plane windows! Took almost an hour till my turn and it was only half way through. I was worried someone would walk away with my rucksack but thankfully it was fine.
Because of the heat I have fluid retention, which already started on the plane. By the time I got to my lodging I was twice my size! So bright outside couldn’t see what I was focusing. No jet lag as we are in the same time zone. It takes me a week to recover from jet lag.
There are lunch photos but no time for that now. Have to get up early tomorrow for a tour that lasts until sunday. One of the nightmarish scenarios for an introvert is being stuck with people for any length of time. Namibia is expensive and if one doesn’t rent a vehicle to travel around alone then they join a tour. Either way it’s expensive here. There are 12 people in my group who all booked the tour from various agencies. One thing is for certain: you have to get up early every day due to the heat and distance to be covered. This is a massive and sparsely populated country.
This will be ready to eat when I get home (in 3 weeks time).
Making all my (childhood) dreams come true.