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A nice suprise

sunny 80 °F
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We planned the stop in swakopmund just to allow us a little down time before the next destination, which was isolated and not easy to get to.
Although all the camps we stayed at so far were great and had all the comforts of home, it was really nice getting to the hotel in a small city with all the mod cons! We even turned the TV on and took advantage of the WiFi. Good AC, great water pressure in the shower, lots of room and an ocean view. We even bumped into some people we met in Okonjima who were checking in at the same time as us and arranged to meet them for drinks later to catch up.
We dropped our bags and went for a walk in the town which is a mixture of old colonial German architecture and more modern buildings. There are lots of cute little boutiques, coffee shops and bakeries. Our drive took up most of the day so we head back to the hotel to meet our friends downstairs at the bar and then dinner at TUG and old tug boat now restaurant and the food was quite good.
Sunday morning we packed up to move on.
But first we planned to meet a very special women who takes children in her home who are orphaned, come from underprivileged families or have health issues and need assistance. Presently she has six children living there and we promised to take her to the food store.
After a surgical shopping trip to the Spar we came back to her home to celebrate the confirmation of Anna, one of the young girls Elizabeth is very proud of. We were honored to spend time with them on such a happy day, they brought out the tables and chairs so we could enjoy the food in the sunshine. We arranged to swing by to pick up Anna in a couple days. All the children are off of school for the five week winter break and she will go home for a few weeks to see her family. It was just a coincidence that we are traveling that way and are happy to drop her off.
You can find out more about Elizabeth and the Sunshineupkids at this link: https://sunshineupkids.org/
By 3:00 pm we had to head out to Walvis Bay to catch our ride to Pelican Point Lodge . This is not a location we could drive to on our own. It is on a small spit of land in a national, only sand, sand roads as Allan says, “ are just a suggestion.”

Posted by Lauriesam 14:44 Archived in Namibia Tagged #namibia #africanadventure #lovetotravel #adventuretravel #africanlife #swakopmund #thestrandhotel #makingfriends #sunshineupkids #pelicanpointlodge

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