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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Namibia

For an after Christmas treat, Elder Gubler and I went with our Mission President and his wife to Namibia Dec 26. Our senior couple in Windhoek is leaving in a few weeks and we need to figure out how to manage the funds there as well as to find out where everything is. Naturally, we had a wonderful road trip.  We drove the Trans-Kalahari Corridor from Gabarone, Botswana to Windhoek, Namibia. The countryside was beautiful and green because of all the rain we've received here. The road is one of the best we've traveled on and because it was the holidays, we had very light traffic.

Here are some of the things we saw in Namibia: (Remember, it's the holiday season and so everyone is gone and most things are closed.) If we'd had more time, we could have gone to the coast or up north, but we were in Namibia to work on issues in Windhoek so maybe another time.

One of the most fun things we did there was go to dinner on Saturday night. The restaurant had some very interesting foods and we at some of the most unusual.
Elder Gubler eyeing his Kudu Stroganoff.

I'm getting ready to try my game platter, starting on the left with Oryx, Impala, Zebra, Crocodile and Ostrich. 
We had an "experience". Kudu is pretty tasty. The Ostrich tasted like beef (who would have thought?) And, I thought the Crocodile was nasty. The Crocodile had a lot of fat and tasted like old fish (not fresh fish). Others said their crocodile was tasty but they must have had a difference animal than I had.

We drove around the city of Windhoek and saw some beautiful areas. Windhoek is more European than Gabs. There are manicured lawns, with real sprinklers. The streets all have signs. The architecture is definitely European instead of Chinese.
Dutch Reform Church

Beautiful sunset in Windhoek
We had Sunday dinner with our two young Elders who are serving in Windhoek as well as the 3 much more mature couples. We love all of our missionaries so very much and these two young men are absolutely wonderful!
Sister and Elder Richins, President and Sister Wilson, our two young elders, Mkhize and Gittins and Elder Gubler.
We left Monday morning, Dec 30, to come home. Look at what we saw at the Botswana/Namibia border!
Sister Wilson standing by the biggest truck I've ever seen. Instead of saying "big load" the front of the truck says "Abnormal"

Sister Wilson standing at the bottom of the truck

We loved being able to visit Namibia. We are the envy of all the young missionaries who can't wait for a chance to go over there (which may or may not happen) But, we LOVED getting back home to our very familiar Botswana. We love it here!

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