Windhoek!

This weekend we were granted a change of pace and taken to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia!

I was really looking forward to the trip all week, so naturally I had some of the worst stomach pains I have ever experienced in my entire life.

But dammit, that was not going to stop me from enjoying myself!

The first stop of the day was the Heroes Acre, a memorial site dedicated to the fallen heroes and heroines of Namibia who sacrificed themselves fighting for Namibian liberation and independence. There are 35 graves at Heroes Acre – nine of them being symbolic. A the top of the shrine, there is a giant statue of Dr. Sam Nuyoma, the first president of Namibia after it was granted independence in 1990.

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We hiked up more stairs to the top of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where we were treated to a bird’s eye view of the capital city, only 10km away.

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Up at the top!

Our next stop was the national museum, which chronicled the history of Namibia and the story of its fight for independence. The history of this young nation is incredibly fascinating, so much so that at some point I intend on writing another post just about the country and its history!

After the museum we went to the mall to find food. I was in a lot of pain, but I was determined to eat something delicious! A few others and myself found a little fast food pizza place and I indulged in a personal Hawaiian pizza with olives. Don’t judge me – pineapple on pizza is delicious.

Pizza

After the mall, we traveled to the Single Quarters market where we were presented with even more food! There was so much there – a lot of traditional delicacies and a lot of beef on the grill! The meat had an incredible flavor to it; some of it was mixed with various spices and tomatoes. It was heavenly.

It was really nice to get away from Okahandja (our training town) for a day. I love it, but seeing the capital reminded me that there is so much more of this beautiful country to see!

 

Update: my tummy pain is finally gone!

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