Change of setting

After the Christmas post I was planning to write a post with my so noble and great New Year’s resolutions but since I seem to be failing so badly so far, I’m happy I didn’t get to that.

The last week of the last year was really hectic and dreadful. We packed our life in a small 2x2m storage space, boarded a plane on 31 Dec in London, and landed in Johannesburg on the first day of the new year.

To make the long story short, we acquired the car we had bought some months ago via internet in Gaborone, Botswana, spent some days in a nice guest house and glossy malls, and then crossed the country through the Kalahari quite uneventfully

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to arrive in our beautiful village, Epukiro RC, in the Omaheke, Namibia.

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DSC_2864DSC_2882DSC_3199DSC_2869A catholic mission which runs a huge farm (and  pretty much the whole village) had agreed to take us in, and we have now settled in a nice small house on the mission’s premises. Now, when you hear a mission, don’t imagine anything big. It’s “only Father and Brother”, as a local boy once told me – Brother John and Father Raimond. It was established at the beginning of the 1900s, had once been quite big and active, and nowadays it’s just decaying slowly and beautifully.

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As of ourselves, we seem to cope pretty well with the change of setting and the sudden heat which claimed us right out of the plane in Johannesburg. We don’t have a regular internet connection, nor a TV or a radio, and, not surprisingly, we actually have time to stop, listen and do things. The boys pretty much depend on their own resourcefulness for play. The place is swarming with all sorts of insects, birds, and reptiles, and one can spend hours watching a millipede,

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playing with a stick insect

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or watching a shaky chameleon find its way out of our yard.

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The other two main attractions are water

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and the bush.

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And since the boys are dead tired in the evenings, and go to bed quite early, my man and I have all the time in the world to just sit outside, enjoy the cool air, talk, and watch a beautiful sunset

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or a bright full moon.

DSC_3252And if it sounds too romantic, I’ll tell you that it’s not. It’s just what people do when there’s nothing else to do.

The reason we had come to southern Africa is my ethnographic fieldwork which is the most amazing, challenging and interesting thing one can imagine. Unfortunately, I’ll have to keep that one for myself.

It might take a while until you hear from us again. Until then, find simple pleasures and dream big. Night!

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