Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Paul's Country Review: Namibia

Another beautiful country on the African continent, and we went on another safari to look at all the crazy wildlife. We rode in the back of another uncomfortable vehicle and got bounced around on the "highways" of Namibia. Despite the repetition, it was still a good time; even if the animals laid around not wanting to do anything. This because Namibia is in the middle of one the worst droughts on record and it was frikin hot! And dry! 

I wasn't all that interested in the wildlife having just seen it in Tanzania, but loved the countryside. I really liked just staring out of the window. One difference I noticed between the eastern African countries and Namibia on the west coast is the diet. Namibians eat a lot of meat. I joked that we are on a real game safari. This is where you spot an animal, photograph it and only then, can you eat it. Didn't see the oryx hiding in the bushes? Then you can't enjoy oryx fillet for dinner that night. We ate Zebra, Oryx, Kudu, Ostrich, Panda, Human - all of which was delicious and just better tasting than beef. Surprisingly not gamey at all and I became excited about the next animal I would sample. Relax, we didn't eat panda. But you can imagine, right? I would definitely eat here again.

We were also extremely fortunate to travel with some great, fun people. We are never really pumped to spend all of our time around total strangers, especially when you are as socially awkward as I am. I still don't understand why people get upset when I stand right behind them while breathing heavily, my hot breath tickling their necks - what's the big deal! All in all we had a lot of fun spending time with the group, falsely identifying the animals we found (Namibian Attack Crow?), drinking at the camp bars and other EXTREME! stuff.

Here are some photos of the animals we saw, animals I ate and some dirty kids I threw around. Enjoy.

I ate you

I ate you

I didn't eat the giraffes

I ate you guys

And you

I ate you too

We sat here for hours waiting for Ace Ventura to emerge

mmmmmm zebra

mmmmmm kudu

They were dirty

But they manipulated me into friendship by tugging on my heart strings

Team EXTREME (that's Frans' hand on the left - Christine's photo skills are slippin')


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