I leave Windhoek today for the north with a mixture of emotion.
I have met wonderful people, established future connections and feel all the more richer after engaging in fruitful conversation.
The hotel, despite its basic accommodation, has been the most perfect place to stay during the first stage of our journey. The staff could not have been more attentive nor served us any better, and we have been minutes from the centre of the city with its many shops, restaurants and perhaps best of all the ‘Craft Cafe’ serving mouth refreshing beverages, body boosting salads and tasty wraps.
Any current fatigue has arisen not due to the challenges of a new environment, but from the myriad of reflective thoughts that have crowded my mind throughout the night following provocative visits or deeply informative chats; high levels of personnel reflection ultimately paving way to an exploration of ones own attitudes, values and moral position.
I was reminded that currently we only see through to a clouded image, we merely attempt understanding whilst on an ever illuminating, unfolding path.
The second stage of our journey begins today, Friday 15th September, with a nine hour car ride North to Onakweya and Sister Gertrude an extremely lively, colourful character by all accounts who is excited about our imminent arrival.
For me, emotions are beginning to run high at the thought of only being a day away from reuniting with John, a dear friend and the headteacher from Oomungholyo School, Oshandi.
Charged with the task of teaching the rest of the group a party piece for the Sunday service this weekend, in what is a brand new church, in Oshandi …. ”tis going to be one interesting journey. I’ve packed a treble recorder in the hope it’ll help keep near perfect tuning!
As we move out from Windhoek today I know I’ll see the same billboard posters that struck me on my arrival their voices beckoning me to …. ‘Feel Every Moment’ …. ‘Play, Pause, Rewind, Every Moment.’