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Last Update:  14 May 2015

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Arrival and Our Apartment in Windhoek

Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast

The City of Windhoek

Walvis (whale fish) Bay

Vreugde Farm

Okapuka Ranch

Etosha National Park

Namibia by Air

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Our tour guide, Alexandra, with my wife, Angela

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The Kalahari Sands Hotel seems to be the main communication building in the city.

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Government Admin Building: The Ink Palace

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Note the detail in the glass windows. To the builders’ embarassment, the windows were installed backwards and had to be removed and turned around. That took an additional 6 months because the lead had to be remelted.

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Outside the church, these very black artists were carving Makalani nuts to make key rings for the tourists - excellent detailed work.

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The population here consists of 85% blacks, 10% colored (mixed) and 5% whites. It is not considered derogatory to call them that. 

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There’s not much you can do in this government park except go for a stroll or have a picnic.

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Yours Truly in front of the Ink Palace

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German Influence - Apartment Stores & Street Names

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Check the name of the street here. German and English mixed - Bahnhof (train station) Street. The official language in Namibia is English, then comes Afrikaans and 4 more tribal languages. The Namibians are very good at learning languages.

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Steam Engine in front of the Windhoek Train Station

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Military Tank Car - Note the wheel wells.

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Rail Car Built in Germany

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Train is leaving for Walfis Bay (Whale Fish) bay at 7:55 p.m. arriving at 9 a.m. the next morning.

The trains can only travel at 24 m.p.h. because the rails are not parallel.

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Rail Bus - Bus that travels on rails.

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Meanwhile, the relatively rich people enjoy a cappucino in a modern shopping center like this one. 

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Frozen Joghurt Anyone?

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Salad Anyone? At the Santa Fe Spur - an American Chain in the Modern Grove Mall

134c IMG_0152 Independence Säule N.Korean

Freedom Monument

134d IMG_0154  Independence Säule N.Korean
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241z P1270262 Windhoek Museum
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241a P1270244 Windhoek Fidel
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View of the City from the Museum

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Tree Stump Carved into a Twisted Elephant

243e IMG_0523 Fig Drink

It’s hot outside about 80° F

243g IMG_0525 Don Mango Drink
244e IMG_0531 Sheep Goats

Click here to continue to the Vreugde Farm

The City of Windhoek, Namibia

From a lookout above the city.

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Not a cloud in the sky.

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Namibia is about 97% Christian, so there is no problem with Islamic radicalism in this country.

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Christ Church is a Lutheran church built by the Germans in 1907. The cornerstone shows 11 August.

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A highlight on the inside is this lovely painting by Reubens of Lazarus being raised from the dead.

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Hottentot The Dutch who settled in Namibia gave these people this name. Today, they are called Khoekhoe because Hottentot was considered to be derogatory.

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Christ Church across the park.

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Leberwurst (liver sausage) Tree :-)

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This kudu stands like a god before the judicial buildings.

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Old Steam Boiler

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It took 4 of these steam engines to get freight up the mountain to Windhoek.

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Inside the passenger cars, it is relatively modern.

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All Aboard

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An unattractive feature in Namibia. These tin huts with no windows are, in fact, homes - shelters - with no water, no electricity, nothing. Don't believe the people here are necessarily poor. Notice the satellite dishes. The working papa pulls up his car, and connects the car battery to the TV, which the family, huddled in their tin box watches with glee. Strangely, the people who live here are mostly happy and positive. 

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No, they don’t live in these boxes, they only sleep in them. Their life is outside where everything takes place, washing, eating, selling, buying, cooking, as you can see here.

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Or maybe you would like some Monkey Nuts (Peanuts - for those of you who don’t understand Namibian.)

132 Impuls Kauf

In the grocery store, before you get to the cashier, you have to go through this “tunnel of impulse items” in an attempt to get you to buy more things on impulse. Many people fall for this little marketing trick.

134b IMG_0151 Independence Säule N.Korean

This Column of Independence was
built by the North Koreans.

From 1884, Namibia was a German colony known as German South-West Africa. After the First World War, the League of Nations mandated South Africa to administer the territory. Following World War II, the League of Nations was dissolved in April 1946 and its successor, the United Nations, instituted a Trusteeship system to bring all of the former German colonies in Africa under UN control. South Africa objected arguing that a majority of the territory's people were content with South African rule.

Legal argument ensued over the course of the next twenty years until, in October 1966, the UN General Assembly decided to end the mandate, declaring that South Africa had no other right to administer the territory and that henceforth South-West Africa was to come under the direct responsibility of the UN.

Namibia became independent on 21 March 1990.

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The story of Namibia is one of supression and the fight for independence.

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Namibia’s connection with Cuba, North Korea and the Russia is a matter of concern to the modern countries

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242j Windhoek Museum (2)
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The memories of war and the fight for independence are kept here in this North Korean-built museum.

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In the city are reminders of the Kalahari Desert and the surrounding territory. Here, two bushmen.

243c P1270290 Windhoek Tower - Kopie

German Style Tower in the City Center

244c IMG_0528 Sheep Goats
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