Backpacking the Naukluft 8-Day Trail

I was treated to a very special visit by my son, Tyler, who spent several weeks in Namibia during March and April. A highlight of his visit was backpacking together along the remote, 125km-long Naukluft 8-Day Trail with 9 other American volunteers (from Peace Corps and World Teach). As always in wide open expanses of land, the photos never do justice, but I hope just the same that you enjoy the photos taken by Tyler, PCV Sheridan and me.

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Images of Life in Namibia

This is a long post, but made up only of photos and captions so I hope you find it fun and easy to go through during this busy time of year. You’ll see a bit about the work I’m doing and a lot from life in and around my home and some recent travels.

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Images of Life in Namibia

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.
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 line outside every bank and ATM to withdraw payday cash. This is at 9:55AM on April 30th.
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 25-50%!), most of those employed also find ways to supplement their income. Spelling aside, this guy offers a pretty comprehensive range of services.
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.
Not sure what the definition of a ghetto is, in this context, but I know that 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 14 to the US$ on the street. Yep, that means you can get shelter and a bed for the night for about 35¢. And your own ghetto for just north of US$175.
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 PST 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.
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.

Breaking News: I’ll be learning to speak Afrikaans!


Our language assignments were announced last night to many cheers of excitement & gulps of nervousness. This morning, we all had to learn some basic greetings in all 6 languages that Group 43 is learning, which gave us a sense of the amazing diversity of this vast land. Detailed instruction (full immersion!) have started and our host families arrive in 30 minutes for first introductions. We move in with them tomorrow so stress levels are at a peak!