Swakopmund, Namibia – the hell with white Christmas!

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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…

Swakopmund – jumping picture with crazy guys!

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.

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