21 December 2011
18 December 2011
Going quad biking in the desert is possibly the most fun activity in Swakopmund, Namibia. What made it such a singular experience wasn't just the rush of the quad bike over towering sand dunes, but the view of the ocean at every turn. In Namibia, the desert meets the ocean, making for one of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen in southern Africa.
Here is my experience in pictures:
|You can't wear a helmet and not take a silly picture|
|Ready to go!|
|The ocean on the horizon|
|Oh hey I'm on a bike|
22 November 2011
Your grammar lesson for today starts with a sentence:
Ka Saturday, ke lomilwe ke ntsha.
Let's break it down.
Ntsha - dog (nn-cha)
Go loma - to bite (ho loh-mah)
Ntsha e loma - the dog bites (nn-cha ay loh-mah)
Ntsha e ntoma - the dog bites me (nn-cha ay nn-toe-mah)
Ntsha e lomile - the dog bit (nn-cha ay loh-me-lay)
Ntsha e ntomile - the dog bit me (nn-cha ay nn-toe-me-lay)
Ke lomilwe - I was bitten (kay loh-meal-way)
Ke lomilwe ke ntsha - I was bitten by a dog (kay loh-meal-way kay nn-cha)
Ka Saturday, ke lomilwe ke ntsha
On Saturday, I was bitten by a dog.
Excellent work, class.
(...Don't worry, the dog had its rabies shot and I am healing very nicely!)
13 November 2011
I recently returned from a vacation with nine of my closest friends to
|Not a great picture, but in the background|
you can see the desert meeting the ocean
|My favorite mural|
The main thing we did was eat delicious food. Every morning I started my day with a large coffee and delicious German pastries at Raith’s Café and Gellateria.
We found a little pizzeria that made thin-crust pizza and ended up eating there twice.
For our first nice dinner, we made reservations at a restaurant called Brauhaus, which serves authentic German cuisine. It was my first time trying German food and I loved it! It was a meal fit for kings and I was so full I could barely walk out of the restaurant.
The girls took one afternoon and went off shopping. There were a lot of cute boutiques to look through. I found one jewelry and craft store in particular that I loved, and I picked out several necklaces and rings I wanted to buy for friends back home. My plan was to return to the shop on Saturday and use whatever Namibian dollars I had left to buy souvenirs. Imagine my surprise when I get to the store at and everything is closed! Apparently all stores in Swakopmund close at on the weekends – except for grocery stores and bars/restaurants. I wish I had known that before it was too late.
Of course, we went swimming in the
Atlantic Ocean. The water was very cold, but since I grew up on it didn’t seem that bad to me. What can I say about the ocean? It's amazing. I would be a mermaid and live in the ocean if that was an option. Lake Ontario
We also got to watch the sun set over the
Atlantic, which was very beautiful. We went to Tiger Reef Bar, right on the beach, for sundowners.
|Balcony view of the sunset|
|My friends Lindsey, Jen, and Nicole|
|Heidi and me|
|Heidi and me playing in the ocean one last time|
Out on the jetty (or pier) there is a sushi restaurant called Jetty 1901. There are glass panels in the floor so it looks as if you’re standing on the ocean. We all went to sushi “happy hour,” where one roll cost only 20 Namibian dollars (less than 3 USD). Before this, I had only eaten vegetable sushi, but at happy hour I tried different tuna and salmon rolls. Turns out, my favorite was a salmon roll that also had fish eggs on it. Sounds gross, but it was actually delicious!
|I'm the one with hot pink toenails, duh.|
To appease the daredevil in all of us, the whole group went quad biking in the desert, but that will be a blog post of its own.
All in all it was a wonderful trip. When I got back to work, everyone complimented me on how happy and refreshed I looked, and it’s true. An ocean-side getaway is exactly what the doctor ordered.
|A wave took us by surprise!|
|Taking a shopping break to meet up for drinks|
|The closest we got to a "nice" picture of all the guys|
|See how happy the ocean makes me|