Last day in Windhoek!

July 16, 2008 - Windhoek, Namibia

Today is our last day in Windhoek.  On Monday, we had an excellent dinner with Claire, a friend of a Kellogg friend who works at the Center for Disease Control.  It was fun to get her take on the country, the progress it has made and how she likes living here.  Plus, it was great to have another girl in the group! :)  On Tuesday, Jordan and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary (a day early) by going out to a nice dinner at Nice restaurant, the local culinary restaurant.  It was delicious – and likely the best restaurant we’ve been to for about 25% of what you would pay in the States!  Travis and Peter had a “Guys Night In” with pizza delivery.  I made it clear that there can be no “Guys Nights In” with all 3 of them, as that would essentially be “Let’s not hang out with Erin night”… unless, of course, I happened to get sick.  Our stomachs are all holding up well; the food is a ton better than we expected!


We had a number of follow-up meetings this week, with the Ministry of Health, National Institute of Pathology (does the testing) and some other organizations.  All in all, I think we are pleased with the number of organizations we’ve been able to meet with, though we realize that our research is limited because we at most traveled 2-3 hours outside of Windhoek.  Over 60% of the 2.1M Namibians live in the north, so we suspect that healthcare delivery up there has a lot of different needs.  (Did you know that Namibia is 3x the size of California?)  Also, we weren’t able to find out the component costs of the infant diagnostic device, so we hope we’ll find out more in Botswana.  We’re looking forward to meetings with the hospital, lab and clinic in Gobabis, a town 2 hours east of Windhoek, tomorrow.  Then, we’re staying the night in Ghanzi, Botswana.


So, we just found out this week that Botswana has a 4-day weekend this weekend, so our first two “work days” in Botswana are actually holidays.  We’re super bummed, as that cuts into a couple days of interviews, but will try to make up for it.  The saying is TIA – “This is Africa”.  We’ve luckily experienced a lot less of this than we thought… our meetings always start relatively on time, and at least one person shows up to them.  Getting around town is pretty easy too. 
As I mentioned in the last posting, I’m not sure when the next time we will make a posting.  We’ll be driving for a couple days, and then I’m not sure if the Internet shops will be open on the weekend and over the holiday. Thanks to everyone that is reading the blog and making comments.  We really enjoy hearing from you!! – Erin


8 Comments

Aunt Ann:
July 16, 2008
Jordan and Erin, happy anniversary! I'm so glad that you're able to find time to celebrate and just "be a couple". I'm sure the guys, and their pizza got along just fine. It sounds as if you were able to cull out a lot of info in Namibia. Hopefully, the unanswered questions will be solved in Botswana. Enjoy each moment and hug each other for us!
Love you, Aunt Ann
Chinska:
July 16, 2008
Happy anniversary Erin and Jordan. Regarding your work in Africa, I wish you all the best.
Chinska
Mammaw and Pappaw:
July 16, 2008
So happy that you found a really nice way to celebrate your anniversary. A bit different than the original day, I am sure. Have a wonderful day today and know that we are thinking of you. Love, Mammaw and Pappaw
Dad L:
July 16, 2008
E&J,

Happy Anniversary! Doesn't seem like 3 years already. Excited about you two visiting Asheville over our 32nd anniversary. We will celebrate both of them together.

Look foward to hearing about Botswana. Alex would have trouble posting his Thailand experiences on a blog, because most of it would be inappropriate for general viewing. You will have to email him directly to get the "seedy" real discription. He is doing well with teaching- getting very high marks and good feedback. All our kids are so talented. We Skyped him this morning; wish we could do that with you, but guess Africa must be on some kind of "extension cord" computer cabling.

Take care and love you,
Dad L
Linda Klein:
July 16, 2008
Hi everyone,
I am checking in to see how you are. Happy Anniversay Jordan and Erin. Your 3rd year is now especially memorable.

Hey guys....How is African pizza? Is it similar to that in the states or should I say the New York area. and....How is Peter?

Kiss to all and continued good luck and wonderful adventures,
Love from P's Mom
Bill & Vonda Linville:
July 16, 2008
Jord and Erin-
Happy Anniversary! Can't believe three years have passed already. What a special couple you are. Glad you found a nice place to celebrate. It sure beats Alex's ecperience buying food from street vendors.
As you continue your service work, know you are always in our thoughts and prayers. Love, G and G
Karen:
July 17, 2008
Happy Anniversary Linvilles. 3 years ago and we were all boogying down in Indy...
Vanessa:
July 17, 2008
happy anniversary! safe travels! love the updates!
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