I had my first trip across the borders of South Africa at the age of six.
In fact, I celebrated my 7th birthday in the Namib desert. True story. It was my first trip across the South African border and we went on a roadtrip with friends of my parents. We had a VW combi and covered the whole of the Skeleton Coast and went all the way around “South West Africa” as it was known then. I cannot remember exactly how long the trip was, but I do remember having my birthday in the desert and getting a Pink Panther soft toy (my size in height) and a small silver ring. I lost the ring and was devastated.
I returned as an overland guide, and Swakopmund was one of my favourite stops (Life as a Girl Guide). I have fond memories of coffee shops, boardwalks, moon landscapes, the open road, sky diving, climbing dunes and meteorites..and sunsets. What a treat to go back and refresh all the memories while catching up with a dear friend and her family in December 2016. Not too much has changed.
A full day outing in the desert. Old train station. Ruins. Hot sand and cold beer.
“There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen.
“like the rays down from the sun
when a new day has just begun
you look like gold.
I’ve been fooled before
…. but now I know the difference
from gold and brass” – Ben Harper