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Mirka and I leaving base camp
Yesterday morning we packed up and said goodbye to base camp and being in the bush. We drove 3 1/2 hours back to Swakopmund. It's amazing we all fit in one vehicle. The six of us in the back were so crammed in that we had to sit with our legs between the person across from us, like a jigsaw puzzle!

We arrived and unloaded our belongings into our rooms at the Villa Weise, and then headed out for lunch. Everyone was so excited to have milkshakes---something you only dream of when in the desert! After lunch, Mirka and I did a bit of shopping, then later, we had our farewell group dinner. Afterwards, we all received an EHRA patch.

Today (9/22), I attempted to go skydiving. I did the training, was assigned a group to jump with, and waited for four hours. Sadly, they called it off due to bad weather. I went back to Swak and did a bit of walking around and shopping at the open market near the lighthouse. There are tons of local arts and crafts sold there, and everyone tries to get you to buy from their stand, using, "I haven't sold anything today, maybe you'll be my first sale!" or "Hey sister, please, I need to sell something." There are many deals to be had! I am now the proud owner of some lovely African jewelry, a few scarves, and a sculpture or two...

After shopping, we had a partial group dinner (some people had already left), and we said our goodbyes. Tomorrow I leave to go home. It's much harder to say goodbye than I'd ever anticipated.
AndiPerullo says:
Must have been quite difficult to leave your new family (both elephants and people)? Too bad you didn't get to go skydiving in Africa, wow! But, the items you bought at the market sound fabulous.
Posted on: Sep 30, 2007
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Mirka and I leaving base camp
Mirka and I leaving base camp
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Swakopmund Sights & Attractions review
The Open Market in Swakopmund, Namibia is where local artisans sell their products. Here, you can find handmade, unique Namibian jewelry, sculptures,… read entire review
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