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Swakopmund is one of the favourite destinations for Namibians who are travelling, which means that at this time of the year it’s pretty much full of tourists. I was still lucky enough to be able to find two couchsurfing hosts – one from the 22nd to the 24th of December and another one from the 24th to the 28th (with a flexible 28th that transformed into 29th of December).
I’m on the South Atlantic Ocean’s coast, the water is cold, but I was very happy when the sun came out and I could swim! I wasn’t the only crazy person, there were other other people in the water. Swakopmund reminds me of the Digital City that Chinese management decided to build near the campus I was volunteering at in Guizhou: fake German. The city has, indeed, a high German population, one can hear German everywhere. The architecture has German influences, but somehow it gives me a funny feeling. I can’t really put my finger on it, I don’t really know what’s “wrong”. The city center is rather a holiday resort than a city, most people (including my two kind hosts) live in townships/suburbs. Anyway, in general it’s a cool place to be in: not as hot as in Windhoek (the ocean’s breeze contributes to the climate), the dessert around the city, the beach…
Everyone here seems very relaxed, maybe also because most of the people are probably on holiday. Swakopmund is a good place to be if you’re missing Europe: many restaurants, coffee shops that would not only serve a wide range of European food, but they would also try to create a European atmosphere – some of them succeed.