Thursday, 9 October 2014

Our Namibian trip in pictures

The Fish River Half-Marathon, which took place on 27 September in Keetmanshoop, Namibia, was my fourth international race to date, meaning that I've now raced in five countries and on three continents - what an amazing privilege!

It was Miss K's second trip across the border (her first being to the Kingdom of Lesotho just before her first birthday), and J Bear's first; hopefully the second and first of many more to come.  I was blessed with parents who both loved to travel and explore and who lit an adventurous flame in my heart - something that I am eternally grateful for.  I really hope that I can pass this same love on to K and J and that we will have the opportunity to discover and explore many amazing new places together!  

With that said, I thought I'd share with you some of our favourite moments from our recent runcation to Namibia:

Our fantastic stop-over en route to Keetmanshoop and again on our way back home: The African Vineyard Guesthouse in Upington (South Africa).  Stunning.  Go there.


Grandpa, Grandma and the kids with Nakop's 'weather forecast apparatus'...  Highly scientific, as you can see, haha!  (Nakop is one of the border posts between South Africa and Namibia.)


Miss K on Nakop's "lawn": The only green square metre (literally!) of grass you'll see for miles.  Yip, we disobeyed the sign.


Padkos!  A true South African tradition.  One family + a cooler box filled with amazing eats ("padkos" in Afrikaans) + a road-side picnic spot = Happiness!  (P.S. Any other South Africans out there who've experienced that the wind always blows when you get out of the car to have your padkos??)


The kids met their great-grandma for the first time during this trip.  My heart.



PR, baby!!



Waiting for the race prize-giving with Ouma - Mama placed!


We had such an amazing trip - I can't wait to, God willing, show the kids the rest of Namibia when they're a bit older!


12 comments:

  1. Ha. Loving the "weather apparatus"! With as few times they predict the weather accurately here, we might as well have one of those! ;) I love the picture with your kids and their great grandparents! How amazing is that! And the one with your believe bracelet and your PR- that picture shows it all! :) And that is my most favorite motivational word. I think I need to add one of those bracelets to my Christmas list! Did you say in a previous post that that's an endorphin warrior one?!

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    1. Hi Hailey! Yes, the bracelet is from Endorphin Warrior - love, love, love it!! I received it as part of a running sock swap in 2011 and was, as you can imagine, over the moon :) . I've run with it for almost 4 years now and it still looks brand new - highly recommended :) !

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  2. Love the picture with great grandma, so precious!
    Great job on the race too!

    Good to know those bracelets are so durable, I keep thinking I want one, but just haven't given in and bought one yet.

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    1. Thanks so much, Christy!

      You won't be sorry about the bracelet - real good quality.

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  3. All so awesome! And yes, the wind and roadside picnic spots go hand in hand. I love Namibia! It's just sooo far from JHB...

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    1. I've heard about a shortcut to Nam from Jo'burg via Botswana? Not sure how good the roads are, though? But you're right - it's sooooo far! I would love to go and show my kids Windhoek and Swakop too, but it's just too far for them to travel for now. One day when they're older :) .

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  4. I'd love to go to Namibia one day! It looks like a really interesting place.

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    1. I love Namibia, Lisa. My mom was born and raised there, so we pretty much visited every year since I was a child. Wide open spaces and a "quiet" beauty - highly recommended. Make sure to visit Luderitz and Swakopmund if you go - beautiful coastal towns with a strong German influence. x

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  5. Congrats on the race, the PB and your "international running career".
    Priceless photos.

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    1. Thanks so much, Stefano! Trusting that this is only the start of that "career"! :)

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  6. Aaah, pragtige fotos van my mense! Dankie vir die deel, Saar! En daai wind... laaste keer wat ek in daai geweste saam met die Oncle piekniek gemaak het was dit ook n windspul en snerpend koud, sallittievergetie! Hehehe! Xxx

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    1. Dankie, Serie!

      Hehe, ek het voor die tyd vir Poeks gese gelukkig is dit September, dit sal nooooooit die tyd nog koud wees in Keetmans (of langs die pad) nie... Dit was HEEL naweek SNERP-koud! Maar dis seker beter as snik-warm, ne, hehe? xxxx

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