Saturday, November 27, 2010
From Okahahdja we drove on to Windhoek (the capital of Namibia). We had trouble finding the US Embassy but there was a nice gentleman that led us to where we needed to go. We went in and filled out the forms. Then the lady told us the cost (luckily Travis put in $200 of US money because they did not take credit and they did not take Namibian dollars) and then said they would be ready in about 3 days! We must have looked like a deer in the headlights. We obviously couldn’t wait 3 days so we told her we would take the applications and come back another time. We had the paper work still in our hands and on the way out there was a gentleman coming in. He saw the paperwork and said “so, applying for new passports?” We told him the story. He said, well I am the one that needs to approve that and I can do the approval for you now if you can wait about 2 hours to get the pages in! Now, that was a God appointment!!! So we had to go to the bank to pay for our stay for the night (you have to pay at the bank instead of paying when you arrive because they do not handle money), had lunch and needed to pick up the passports and head to the coast. We would have loved to spend more time there but we needed to get on the road so that we were not traveling too late at night. There are no street lights here so when it gets dark, it is VERY DARK! So the danger is that animals are crossing the roads and sometimes you cannot see them. Elephants for example, have nothing reflective about them including their eyes so you literally cannot see them at night.
Look in the photo gallery of our website to see more pictures. Again, we did not arrive until after dark and left by 7 the next morning. Apparently right up the coast there are penguins! We did not take time to see these so, again, we will need to come back on a more relaxing trip. Now to head on to Walvis Bay.
We are praying that they will release the stuff and it will fit in the trailer and truck and we will get back safely.
There is SAND EVERYWHERE!! It feels like we are on a different planet! AMAZING!
The wonders of God! AMAZING!