It actually rained for the first time in a year...

Windhoek Travel Blog

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Still in Windhoek thanks to the Intercape bus scheduale. Windhoek is nice and clean, supposedly one of the cleanist in Africa, but there is not much to see and do in the city. You can see all the "tourist" stuff in about 2 hours because they are all within 5 meters of each other. The Christus Kirche, which is one of the oldest in the country, if not the oldest, is nice, but if you have been through Europe and seen cathedrals, it gets dwarfed by comparison. The Ritter Denkmal is located right next to the church. It is an equestrian soldier that was erected to honor the fallen German soldiers and civilians during the wars with the native peoples. This actually came under fire years ago because it was seen as a slap in the face to the native peoples of Namibia, a statue honoring the colonialists, but it was deemed a protected cultural monument. In an attempt to make it more Namibian they have stuck a little Namibian flag in the soldiers gun. Next to that is the Alte Feste, old German fort which is now a museum. Its not big, but very nice as it is completely free. All this will take about 2 hours or so unless you are facinated with Namibian history and spend heaps of time in the museum. There are several other museums around the city, but I didn't go into them. I spent the second half of the day doing a township tour. I was not too keen on doing this as I did one in Cape Town, but there were no other tours booked for that day and since I was alone...I had no other choice. Actually it was better than the one in Cape Town as our driver lived in the townships and he took us to meet his mom and brothers and sisters. We toured the local market and sampled the local beef being cooked and these little dried bugs that look like caterpillars. Actually quite tasty. There are several townships where almost 60% of Windhoeks population lives. The main roads leading into the city are full of "day workers" who walk something like 15 km from the townships to try and find someone who maybe needs their lawn mowed. They do this everyday with no guarantee of work. That would be a tough way to try and earn a living. We also drove past a township "church" which consisted of a tree with a cross on it with benches in front. I was told that every Sunday it is packed with people. It was interesting to see the matchbox houses with the letter "H" for Herero or what every the first letter of your ethnicity is on them. All interesting and very sad. I again felt bad using this as part of my vacation, but...

As I was getting dropped off it looked like it would rain, but the guide said, aww no way, it has not rained in a year or so, but sure enough it started to pour that evening.

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