Today, we got up and were out of the host family's house by around 8:30 am. We had to run a couple more errands, and then try to go to the ATM to try and get me some Namibian money. We had trouble with it yesterday, but I was able to get some today. Then we searched and searched for a place to grab a bite to eat, but being that it was Sunday, pretty much everything was closed. So we stopped at a gas station and then stumbled across a grocery store ad grabbed a couple things and were on our way to Rundu
, which is about a seven hour drive from Windhoek. It was a fairly uneventful trip. We saw ostrich, wildebeast, babboons, warthogs, and giraffes. Then there was a "surprise" when McKenzie took me to house just outside Gootfontein (Great Fountain-about 2/3 of the way to Rundu) where there is a family who raised a lion.
He is obviously too big now to live in their house, but he lives in a huge fenced-in area in their backyard. He is amazing. I even got to pet him...through the fence of course. They also had owls, meercats, kerical (like bobcats), and cheetahs (which we didn't get to see) as well as geese, horses, ostrich, and probably others that we didn't see. The sun sets around 5 pm, as it is the winter season, so we got to see a beautiful sunset, ad then drove in the dark for a couple hours. In the dark, you can see that there are many camouflauged houses, because most people cook over an open fire outside. At night you can see the fires dotting the countryside. We arrived in Rundu around 7 pm, and went straight into town to the fellowship meeting of all the people involved in the project. They get together over a meal and talk about their week. We spent about two hours there, then took the "buckie" (a truck that has rails in the back so that you can haul stuff and people around...very common here to see a tiny truck loaded up with people tooling down the road. It's pretty cute) to Kaisosi, the village where Mac lives. When we got there, the power was out, so I didn't really get to see anything except by candlelight or flashlight. So with nothing that we could really do with no light, we just went to bed.