I have been home for 7 days and avoiding this post. How does one describe, through a screen and some pictures, an experience that was like no other. An experience that I can barely digest in my head let alone through a keyboard. But here it goes…this post wll cover the first 5 days of my 10 day trip.
On December 26th I boarded a plane bound for Namibia, Africa.
But first, can I tell you about how fancy and amazing Qatar airlines is?!
In total, I spent 43 hours flying with them…and had a middle seat for most of it…and have never felt like I had more room in my life on a plane and OMG, the food was amazing…and just the service in general…well, except when it came to my luggage, but I’ll get to that!
The plane had cameras anchored to the outside of the plane that you could access during the flight – this was the view we had while approaching Doha!
Once in Doha (and through its confusing customs and security processes), we toured around the city and saw the very modern looking cityscape with its colourfully illuminated skyscrapers…
…and then its well known Souq Wakif (Standing Market)…total mixture of modern and old.
For layovers as long as ours, Qatar airline provides you with a hotel room – included in the cost of your ticket! This was a lifesaver.
Before boarding our flight to Namibia, one of the girls I was with bought a gossip magazine, Ok!, and while flipping through it, she noticed something very odd…
9 hours later I glimpsed my first view of Africa…
I was so friggin’ excited!!!! Until, I found out that my luggage had not made the flight with me. It was still stuck in Boston. And the next flight in wasn’t until Friday. And this was Wednesday. Sigh. But what can you do? Not too much. I bought a cheap sundress and wore it for the next 3 days. It made mornings much easier – no decisions needed! lol
Our first 5 days were spent at the Okonjima Nature Reserve – 20 000 hectares (200 square km) of protected land.
The “hut” on the left is where my roommate for the trip and I slept. The “hut” on the right is where we lounged.
Every morning, when I opened my eyes, this is what I saw…
And then at night, we would leave the outside lights on a watch the jackals prowl around!
See what I mean about how I can barely process all this myself??? And I haven’t even got to the animals yet!!!!
With our fabulous guides, Previous (yes, that’s his name) and Daniel…
And, as planned, I did an unofficial half marathon…because I kind of want to complete the distance of a half or full marathon on every continent…so now I have North America, Europe and Africa crossed off! I don’t know if I’ll ever actually do it, but I figured I should cross it off while I was in Africa, JUST IN CASE!!
I had some friends to start the run with me – including one of the staff from Okonjima! We started at 6am – light outside, but not stupid hot yet.
It was a trail run like no other (sand most of the way with very uneven footing and hills)…but the views along the way…a picture just doesn’t do it justice.
Now, the REASON I went to Namibia was for a wedding – in which I was a bridesmaid. I have been to many weddings before and have been a bridesmaid many times…but this wedding was THE MOST AMAZING WEDDING EVER. There is no way that I can convey to you how or why…just trust me. Here are some pics…as I was a bridesmaid, I had to rely on others for some pics.
Yes, the bride surprised everyone and arrived in a HELICOPTER.
And I just want to finish my post on my time in Okonjima, with some of the incredible views and sunsets I was fortunate enough to experience…
In case you didn’t guess already, I really didn’t want to come home!!! My next post will cover the 5 day safari we then experienced…spoiler alert, it was incredible!! lol