The Adventures Continue…

Here we are, back in our little cafe doing quick internet things. I think it’s about time for a quick update (sorry, still no pictures…). We’ve actually managed to get quite a lot done while still relaxing. We discovered a Star Wars German Monopoly in the house that we’re staying in and have played about 7 games so far. Unfortunately Adam wins most of them. He’s ruthless. It was good practice for my (almost non-existent) German skills. We also went dune boarding on Saturday which was fun. We both went down about three times and were pretty worn out after that so we stopped and chilled on top of the dune for a while, watching the (crazy) people swimming in the ocean across the road (and let us not forget the naked blonde child playing in the sand. It wouldn’t be Namibia without the naked blonde child.). It was definitely nice and chilly. We’ve also been working a lot on music. We’ve recorded a couple of covers and originals and are trying desperately to upload the videos that we made for them. We haven’t really found anywhere with fast enough wi fi yet… But, as one of our friends pointed out to us, Namibia is a third world country. Yesterday, we went to the market, one of my favorite spots here. Last time I came to Swakop, I spent a lot of time there making friends and hanging out. A few of the guys definitely remembered me (although the fact that we’re Facebook friends probably helps) and so we got to catch up a bit. Then I showed Adam the art of haggling. I’m a little out of practice but we actually came away with what we wanted for about the price we started out with. It turns out I can actually be assertive when necessary. I have a pretty good strategy when going in to these things. I go in with a general idea of what I want, stroll around and look at everyone’s wares while getting prices for things that catch my eye. Let them know I don’t have any money with me. Leave them heartbroken as I go back to the house to make calculations and get the money. Come back and haggle to get the best prices possible. We made almost all the way through without any issues. There were several guys, however, who carve makalane nuts. We wanted to get a few and so we accidentally gave a few of them an inkling of hope and so we ended up with five different guys each carving one. It was quite a to-do. We’re going back today to jam with a couple of the guys. It should be fun. We’ll definitely get pictures of that. I think that’s about it for now. Stay tuned for updates!

The Arrival

We’re finally in Namibia! The last week has been really hectic, but by God’s grace we made it safely!  The trip started last Thursday.  Our bus left at 6:40 am and our plane flew to South Korea at 9:40.  We had a 12 (!!!!) hour layover in Seoul and finally left for Dubai at 11:50 that night. Then we had two 10 hour flights interrupted by a three hour layover in Dubai, finally arriving in Cape Town after 37 hours! We stayed with my dear aunt and uncle for a couple of nights and, after we recovered, the fun really began.  We rented a car (a Chevy Spark Lite, emphasis on the Lite) and began our 20 hour drive to Swakopmund.  On the way we saw everything from baboons to kudu to tiny little antelope to warthogs to ostrich. I got pretty badly sunburned on one arm because the sun was on my side for a couple of hours and it was relentless. At one point we left the highway to make a food stop and ended up in a rather dodgy part of town. We kept driving with our fingers crossed and made it to a slightly safer part. It was absolutely incredible to drive through the South African and Namibian landscapes. There’s so much contrast in both countries and it’s a joy to experience.  You see desert and lush, green fields, mountains, the occasional body of water, veld, and weird rocky formations.  My favorite part, however, was watching Adam come alive the further from civilization we went.  As he reminded me, for the past 9 months we’ve been within a few meters of someone at all times.  No matter where we go, there are always people. Even in our apartment we feel like there are people right there.  Now we get to stay in a gorgeous little beach house directly across from the ocean. I will be posting pictures so you can get a look! Being back in my hometown has been slightly emotional and really weird because I have Adam with me. We’re really enjoying just relaxing and spending time with each other. That’s all I’ve got for now,  we’ll update soon!

Incheon Airport

Hello all! I know it’s been a while since I last wrote, and I apologize for that. I am currently looking out over the tarmac of Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. It’s so bizarre being in a place that’s almost like Japan but not quite. It’s like going to Wendy’s when all you ever eat is Hardee’s. Some things look and sound familiar, but a lot is really different. It’s a little disconcerting. The upside, however, is that every airport staff person we’ve encountered here speaks English. That’s been a nice change of pace. We get to sit here for about 12 hours total (only 10 left to go!) so hopefully we’re at least a little bit productive… I am so excited for this trip and the opportunity to introduce two huge parts of my life (Adam and Africa) to each other. It’s gonna be bananas! We made a short video and put it up on our new youtube account (www.youtube.com/thelastcityband) where you can also see a couple of songs that we played at a show last weekend. I hope that you enjoy them! We will hopefully be posting lots of pictures and videos after the trip, so keep an eye out for those!