The landlord's dog loves Alex
Alex and I are making the most of our social time, or what's left of it since we're leaving in 11 weeks or so, by using the facilities available in Windhoek. For example, the Goethe Centre. We've done a few German lessons at the Goethe Centre here, and have enjoyed using the library for books. There's also social events, like the Christmas party we went to, and the recent Eurovision party - the hoots and guffaws at the Turkish group's dancing filled the whole street. "Do people in Europe really dress like that?" one neighbour asked us when the Danish group was strumming away. "Mostly not," we replied, noting the enormous shoulder pads and military outfits, "but sometimes" we added, on second reflection.
The Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre in Windhoek regularly organises great events, screenings, music sessions and art exhibitions. Recently we attended a cabaret show from Paris, Mondial Cabaret, organised by the FNCC, at the Playhouse Theatre in Windhoek. Having travelled through 16 countries in Africa already, this two-man show was slick and very, very funny. The young Russian boy next to us, sat on his mother's lap, hooted loudly with delight at each act, sometimes so paralysed with raucous laughter that he writhed himself accidentally onto the floor, much to his mother's embarrassment and amusement. "Oy, oy oy!" he crowed, as the duo tap-danced, hooted and sang for an hour and a half. We had an fantastic evening. If you ever get a chance to see these guys, I'd definitely recommend it.
There's also the occasional concert in Windhoek. Recently, the Afro Pop Jazz festival was held in the grounds of a school and featured many Namibian and international artists, such as Big Ben, Shishani, and the fantastic Zahara from South Africa. Zahara has been making waves here recently with her blend of soulful music and fantastic guitar playing, mixing country with traditional melodies. The night out was really fantastic, especially for guitar lovers. And I'd definitely recommend getting your hands on some Zahara and Shishani!
And, of course, there are great nights out and comfortable afternoons in with friends old and new.
With Natalia and Wendy at Que Tapas in Merua Mall - great wine and fantastic food with two lovely ladies
Colleague Charmaine and gorgeous little Gee
Coffee with Alex at the Heinitzburg Castle
And, of course, the fabulous African sunsets. You can't beat it!