Last week I took a couple days to go to Namibia. Amazing trip. I found the landscape of Namibia really thought provoking. It made me realize that the majority of the world live in places that I consider “the middle of nowhere” and really, the fact that I have lived in urban centers my whole life is strange in a global sense. It also made me want to explore the Namibian independence struggle. All of the colonialism schemes and independence struggles I’m familiar with have a really big focus on urban centers, which are rare in Namibia – there seems to only be one. Namibia was for a very long time a protectorate of South Africa, which also makes their history an interesting one. I can’t really imagine what it would be like to live in a place like that, or even what it would be like to try and think about the economy of a country with no urban centers and almost no farmable land. Very thought provoking.
It was a wonderful trip, and I would go back in a heartbeat. I was sad to return to Cape Town where it was chilly… they keep saying its going to be summer, but I feel I’ve been mislead. (but I shouldn’t complain, I went swimming today, and I’m wearing flipflops).