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Tagged With: Namibia

SOUVENIRS Sorry, no more Elephant Poo-Poo!

FOR YEARS I BROUGHT THE POO-POO HOME FROM AFRICA, a surprising souvenir, enclosed in small acrylic hemisphhere, engraved on the bottom: „Genuine Elephant Poo-Poo“. A pinch only, not more than 5 grams, looking like dirty straw. Such a shit-dome did cost, in Namibia for instance, about US$ 3 or 2.50 Euro. People placed it on … Weiterlesen »

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TRAVEL Moments You Never Forget …

I confess, I didn’t make the journey myself, but I visited the boat. A beautiful vessel, equipped in luxurious splendor, and steaming a unique route – along the Cbobe river in Botswana, just a few kilometers away from the convergence point with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe! This is a tour through raw African wilderness, you … Weiterlesen »

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GEOGRAPHY If You Ever Come To … Peru (No. 30)

Oh, the nations are so jealous! The highest mountain? Can’t be discussed, it’s the Everest! Driest desert? Fight! Most active vulcano? Fight! Longest river? Fight! Widest delta? Fight? Coldest town? Fight! Deepest gorge? Fiercest fight – countries would go to war if they weren’t so far apart! Namibia claims it is her Fish River Canyon, the USA … Weiterlesen »

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GOLF A Conversation Piece … (No. 45)

As a golfer I know the situation: Everybody has played all the good golf courses around the world. Talking about a club you think you have discovered, regularly ends in comments like: „Yes, we know!“ or „We totally disagree!“ The 19th hole is full of stories nobody wants to hear. And now listen – I … Weiterlesen »

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ROADS A Conversation Piece (No. 35)

How can one do that? Easily. In the States it happens quite often that a road is so straight for hundreds of miles, that you could fix the steering wheel with a rope. It happens in Namibia and Australia too, but hardly anywhere in Europe. Except on the island of Cyprus. The road from Troodos … Weiterlesen »

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ANTIQUES This Shop Is Top … (No. 12)

In 1989 Peter Haller opened this shop on a corner where two very wide streets meet – they where planned like that so a freightcart mit eight oxes could turn in one circle: „Peter’s Antique“ in Moltke Street 24. He caters to tourist with the popular nonsense (leave it behind you), hords antiquities for the … Weiterlesen »

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MUSIC Moments You Never Forget … (No. 31)

They call it „Bushman’s Piano“. It is the musical instrument of the San people, living in the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa (but all over Africa many tribes have it). You sit under a Baobab tree for a sip of water and a nap, watching animals and yourself, and suddenly, like a sound from another … Weiterlesen »

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SOUVENIRS If You Ever Come To … (No. 4)

You pay your entrance fee to the Etosha Pan National Park at the Lindquist Gate (coming from the Tsumeb direction), drive 20 yards and park on the lefthand side (one drives on the left side anyway in Namibia). There on the grass under the camelthorn trees you will find a collection of birds, lifesize, beautifully … Weiterlesen »

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GOLF In Praise of … Swakopmund (No. 29)

The name: Rossmund Golf Club. A desert course, cut out of the Namib with 18 stretches of grass. „Out of Bounds“ means sand. But: 1. You pass the colonial locomotive „Luther“ in the exact spot where it broke down permanently. Therefore the name. After Luther’s remark at the Diet of Worms: „Here I stand. I … Weiterlesen »

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ANCESTORS Let’s Get Personal … (No. 5)

This is a treasured painting in my family and has a funny title: „Grandfather Theodor in the company of his suppliers“. He is the one in the three piece suit and hat, naturally. The „Suppliers“ were turbans and cloaks. The location might be Herat in Afghanistan. The year 1895. Grandfather did something revolutionary: He bought … Weiterlesen »

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