Socially Unacceptable: Jogging

July 5, 2008 - Windhoek, Namibia

Socially Unacceptable: Jogging

So far, we haven't gotten a really good feel for Namibia because Windhoek is so different. Of the 2 million Namibians, over 1.5 million of them live in Windhoek, and 5% of the people would be considered wealthy by any standards.  Erin thinks the neighborhood our hostel is in looks like a Phoenix suburb.  Peter is disappointed that he has not seen any reptiles.  To help him, we watched the movie "Snakes on a Plane" last night.  Worst movie ever.  Seriously, EVER. 

Today, Erin and I went jogging.  It was supposed to be a one hour jog, but the streets are badly marked and we missed our turn, so it ended up being about 20 minutes longer.  I thought that people in Europe looked strangely at runners, but we are even bigger freaks here.  Lots of strange looks and perhaps a few laughs.  Maybe tomorrow, I'll wear my headband, tank top, and knee high socks.  That would probably not help the cause though.

We all tried to go shopping Saturday afternoon, but apparently, shops are only open from 9am-2pm on Saturdays.  Tomorrow, they are only open until 1pm.  Windhoek is like a ghost town on the weekends, and no beer is sold in stores.  Tomorrow, we'll set out at 9am to do our shopping.  We'll catch the local Catholic mass as well, which is always really interesting.  I'm hoping they have an African choir.
 

Other observations:
- This is a desert, meaning DRY.  My lips are cracked and we're all in need of some lotion.
- Namibia is in a drought right now.  We haven't seen a cloud since we've been here.
- You can drink the water (what there is of it) in Namibia!  Hah, take that Mexico.
- At night, it gets down to 40 degrees.  With no heat, we just huddle under our blankets and run in place. If you know Erin, you know she does not thrive in cold environments (check pictures)...I'm buying a space heater tomorrow.


Pictures

Little kid peeing in mall planter
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2 Comments

stevo:
July 7, 2008
hey watch the mexico cheap-shots, jordo!
sara sue:
July 7, 2008
Great pics! I'm with Erin...some of your pics of Windhoek look very Arizona-ish. I'm anxious to hear about your first day of work!

Stay warm and keep the stories coming!
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