Laundry day! Hand wash & line dry… Wash basin on the right and rinse bucket on the left. Best technique, they say, is to rub the fabric on your forearm rather than on another part of the garment. After an hour, my arm was quite sore! On the last day of the month, when many workers’ monthly pay is automatically deposited into their accounts, there’s a Black Friday-like queue outside every bank and ATM to withdraw payday cash. This is at 9:55AM on April 30th. Namibia is a land of entrepreneurs! While unemployment is desperately high (reports vary from 35-50%!), many find new ways to make a living or to supplement their income. These guys offer a pretty comprehensive range of services. Interesting use of the word “ghetto” in this context. Five Rand Camp is a district of Okahandja where people (mostly from the North) can stay overnight on their way to Windhoek for just 5 Rand per night. Rand is the currency of neighboring South Africa – the Namibian Dollar is pegged to its value, currently around N$14 to the US$. Yep, that means you can get shelter and a bed for about 35¢ a night – and your own “ghetto” for just north of US$175. Pasta and homemade Tuscan bread from scratch, care of a fellow PC volunteer. His host family Mom, Martina, is the mother of my host family Dad and they live a block away. The two households enjoyed this tasty meal together on Monday night.
Yes, this is a parody of an Afrikaans language lesson – but it will give you an idea of the difference in pronunciation when compared to English.