We spent last Saturday exploring various sites in and around the nation’s capitol, Windhoek:
Heroes Acre national cemetery. The Grove shopping mall. Old Location Cemetery at site where signs of South Africa’s apartheid regime are still evident. Katatura (meaning “the place where we don’t want to go”) – the district where Windhoek’s blacks were relocated during apartheid. Single Quarters open-air market where traditional food and drink are prepared and sold. Independence Memorial Museum with impressive galleries commemorating the country’s struggle for freedom from German, British and South African rule.
Here are some images from our tour…
Namibia’s Heroes Acre, analogous to America’s Arlington National Cemetery, with their Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, eternal flame and final resting place for the men & women who helped to create this new nation. Memorial at the national park honoring the fallen freedom fighters of Namibia’s struggle for independence. “Symbolic” grave sites for those heroes & heroines whose bodies have not been recovered from mass graves and battle fields. The Grove Mall, a modern, multi-story mall. “Just like home,” but not very affordable on our PC budgets. Most of the merchandise is recognizable from home, though the shop names aren’t. Justin & Andrew try local fare: “chip burgers.” Hollowed-out, half loaves of bread filled with french fries, ketchup & a slice of balogna sausage. Windhoek’s “Old Location Cemetery,” where blacks were buried when forced to live during South Africa’s administration of the country. Namibia’s Independence Memorial Museum, Windhoek Large portrayal of Namibia’s fight for independence An even larger display in Windhoek’s Independence Memorial Museum. Interesting to learn that North Korea dominates the market for oversized memorials in new or emerging nations.