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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stuff to read - one to watch!



Some links relevant to publishing, research & Namibia from the internet.

Publishing - Panel discussion on open access publishing in the global south.

History - David Olusoga reflects on German-Namibian history and how it projects onto the present.

Economics - Brookings Africa Growth Initiative scholars and outside experts explore six overarching themes that provide opportunities for Africa to overcome its obstacles to spur fruitful and inclusive growth.

Movies - 'Katutura' the feature film I co-produced in 2014 will screen in Windhoek at Warehouse Theatre, 1st February, 8 PM. Get your tickets for N$ 50 at Events Today.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Not your average marriage

Love this TEDx talk on marrying the right person - not what you think!


Monday, January 09, 2017

Just the two of us



These are the first and last selfies we took together in Cuba. From Havana to Cayo Coco, Morón, Trinidad and Cienfuegos - it was just the two of us! With the children in the loving care of my parents, with the support of my siblings, one of my sisters house sitting our house, visas and medical insurance processed, tickets booked and no excuses left - we chalked it up to a celebration of our 12.5 years of marriage.

Ruben and I actually fell in love during a two-week trip together 14 years ago in Tanzania. We met up in Dar Es Salaam (a reunion after becoming friends four years earlier) and quickly decided to take the ferry to the island of Zanzibar where we celebrated New Year's. We returned to the mainland after some days, eventually taking a romantic walk in the historic seaside village of Bagamoyo. After ten days together, on 9 January 2003, we were sure that we had found in each other the love of our lives. We got married on 24 July 2004 and are the proud parents of three loud children all below the age of 10. This was our first vacation alone together in 10 years.

This trip to Cuba was a romantic experience and a deeply nourishing break. We could sleep as much as we liked, only had each other to be concerned about, plus - and this is a big one - had limited access to internet. Being in Cuba meant being very very far away from our home in Namibia, being in a country where we knew no one, being in a climate that was tropical and so different from what we were used to, surrounded by an economic reality so different from our own and having limited access to social media and news from Europe or Africa, and being immersed in the beautiful Spanish language. It was amazing.


P.S. Romantic tip - traveling to Cuba without kids? Splurge out on this adults only all-inclusive resort. 3 nights was perfect for us. Of course its a far cry from truly experiencing Cuba but it was a fun and refreshing detour.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Havana

La Habana! Like a young girl in an old woman's body. Live, loud and luscious! It looks like paradise, but destroyed by neglect. High ceilings and beautiful views from the old apartments.

Centro Habana


Vedado

Habana Veija


Posters of Fidel Castro hung from windows in every city

Plaza de la Revolución by night

Havana, Cuba's capital city, is often romanticised and easily seduces with its old world charm, intense political history, vibrant colours and melting pot allure. After a 30-hour trip from Windhoek via Frankfurt and Madrid to Havana plus jet lag we were pretty exhausted when we arrived but did manage to enjoy the major Havana neighbourhoods both when we arrived and shortly before leaving Cuba. We used a borrowed Lonely Planet guide and booked accommodation via AirBnB or you can also check out MyCasaParticular. For a fabulous pictorial diary and some travel tips check out this post by SF Girl by Bay (the last two comments are telling!).

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Happy 2017!



Happy New Calendar Year! 2016 ended on a high note for me with an amazing trip to Cuba alone with my husband! It's good to be home though - after a 29 hour trip back to Windhoek we headed out of town to drive to the farm to reunite with the family... only to have to turn back after some serious car trouble and head out for a second time (with better success!) on a 4-hour drive that had us reminiscing and comparing Namibia to Cuba and being grateful for the opportunity to visit such a magical country and enjoy diverse experiences (city, beach resort, tiny town, cultural hotspot, secluded beach, harbour) whilst enjoying life's most simple pleasures: walking, eating, sleeping, swimming, holding hands. After a few days on the farm and a few nights in Swakopmund we're finally back home-sweet-home. Next week work and school begin again so in the meantime we are getting the kids back to a more regular routine, cleaning out the cupboards KonMarie-style and doing a whole lot of laundry in-between rain showers!

I will certainly be sharing more on our trip to Cuba here on the blog but if you can't wait you can check out my pics on Instagram. Wishing you a FUN year ahead!