Are we there yet? challenge Week 2


Welcome to the second week of the challenge! Unfortunately no one took part in week1 so I hope that someonge will join me in week 2. As you know I cannot drive past a sign next to the road without taking a picture! I find it very interesting and a momento of my travels.

How do I participate?

I would like to challenge you to take pictures of signposts and post it in a blog.Title the blog: Are we there yet? and add a photo of a signpost. To make it more fun please add your country and more or less where this signpost is. Please add a link to this page in order for others also to find this page and be part of the fun. If you would be so kind as to post a link to your page in my comments box it will be appreciated. Then I can see your great post as well. I will post the top 10 signposts every Sunday on my blog. I am excited to learn more about other countries and cultures. For the first week there is no theme. Just post any signpost that you see.

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Some more roadsigns on the Trans Kalahari.

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Are we there yet? challenge


I cannot drive past a sign next to the road without taking a picture! I find it very interesting and a momento of my travels.

How do I participate?

I would like to challenge you to take pictures of signposts and post it in a blog.Title the blog: Are we there yet? and add a photo of a signpost. To make it more fun please add your country and more or less where this signpost is. Please add a link to this page in order for others also to find this page and be part of the fun. If you would be so kind as to post a link to your page in my comments box it will be appreciated. Then I can see your great post as well. I will post the top 10 signposts every Sunday on my blog. I am excited to learn more about other countries and cultures. For the first week there is no theme. Just post any signpost that you see.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog in order for you to stay informed.

Here is my first signpost. It is in Botswana on the Trans Kalahari Highway.

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Have fun!

The African skies


Another reason why I love to live in Africa is the glorious sunsets and the bright stars at night.  I had to take my sister to Lanseria airport yesterday morning. As a result I was outside at 4am. When I looked up I saw orions belt right away along with all the other stars. If you’ve never seen the Southern Cross come to South Africa it’s worth it.

Namib Desert


The Namib desert…..peaceful…you can hear the silence. I’ve put a lot of pictures because I cannot describe the love I have for this desolated place……but if you stay there long enough you will hear the voice of the living God in the silence…

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You can swim in an old mine. It is so salty that you drift like in the dead sea. 100_0793 100_0805 100_0808 100_0816 100_0817

 

 

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The lovely village of Ugie, Eastern Cape


There is a place that stole my heart! From the first time I saw her, walked in it’s streets and felt her charm, It is the village of Ugie. In the Eastern Cape. It is a stones throw from Qunu where Madiba was born. It is a loooong drive to get there but if you make the effort you will not be sorry. It snows in winter and the summers are not too hot. In Ugie you have time for afternoon tea and book clubs. Life is slower there along the (mostly) dirt roads. I’ve spent two years of my life there and made life long friends.  Together I’ve known great joy and great sadness but above all I’ve learnt a bit of what life is about. Do yourself a favour and make the effort to go there. It’s not easily found on the map. Find Bloemfontein, then Aliwal North. Keep going until you find Elliot. If you’ve foun Maclear you are too far…go back a few millimeters then you’ll find Ugie. Some guesthouses to Ugie are on the internet. If you struggle to find accommodation contact me as I might just have a number or two of an old friend or two with a great guesthouse. 🙂

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Jakkalsputz, Namibia


Jakkalsputz is a campsite between Henties bay and Swakopmund in Namibia. There is nothing but the sun and the sea and a few fishermen. I’ve had the privilege to visit Jakkalsputz quite a few times and with good reason. You are woken up by the sea (and sometimes the wind) in Jakkalsputz. When you look out of your tent you see the sea! And it is not more than a few hundred meters away. The long road from South Africa on the Trans Kalahari is forgotten. The heat of Windhoek and Keetmanshoop behind you. Did you really see so many donkeys in Botswana? All you can see now is the sea in front of you, the desert behind you and the blue sky above you!

After breakfast it is time for a stroll along the beach. You greet the fishermen and early morning a Strandwolf or Jackal. A fisherman tells you about a big snoek that he caught at Sarah se gat yesterday.  It’s time to head back to your campsite to look at the wonderful ocean…I you look closely you cam see Rio de Janiero on the other side 😉 (Rio and Hentiesbay/Jakkalsputz are opposite each other on a map)

 

When you visit Jakkalsputz expect the following:

  • peace and quiet (except for the generators for a few hours per day)
  • great opportunities for fishing
  • friendly neighbours

 

There is no fresh water or electricity (or flushing toilets for that matter) so this is not a place to go if you are looking for luxury. If you are looking for quiet nights where the desert and the sea meet…this is the place to go.

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Unfortunately I have read recently in Die Republikein that a lot of the facilities at Jakkalsputz have deteriorated. This really saddens me a lot. Hopefully they can sort the problem out soon because this is a real gem. Read the article here. I am happy that I had the chance to visit this Oasis.

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