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Happy New Year from Africa!

Posted January 14, 2020
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At the end of the year we went on an eye-opening trip to Namibia, on the southwest coast of Africa. We stayed in gorgeous desert resorts, saw majestic wildlife, explored the sand dunes, and ate local cuisine. All the while, we couldn’t help but marvel at the lack of safety precautions (an occupational hazard of ours!) There are many countries where there are no safety mechanisms in place, and no responsibility for establishments to keep their facilities safe. Although it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we enjoyed it immensely, we’re also happy to be back, surrounded by public safety measures. We’d like to share some of our photos and experiences!

IMG_2583Unlike in the U.S. where victims of negligence can be compensated and wrongdoers held accountable, countries without the checks and balances of personal injury law can be very dangerous places. After long days of exploring, it was a real treat to retire to our desert resort and relax while overlooking the vast Namib Desert and savanna. It is a beautiful, scenic country, but not very safe–not just because of wild animals of all shapes and sizes, but because of the accommodations. Floors were prone to be slippery and basic safety measures that we have come to expect in the United States are missing. In one of our resorts we had our own private pool–which we nicknamed the “plunge to your death pool.” Perched on the edge of a rocky cliff, there was no railing, no fencing, and the steps to lower yourself into and out of the pool were slippery. One misstep and we would have be sent plummeting down into the abyss!

 

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We hiked the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes–the highest sand dunes in the world–and also rented quad bicycles, which made exploration a lot easier – and faster! The dunes are located in the southern part of the vast Namib Desert.
 
Beyond just the sand dunes, Namibia is extremely dry–there are some places that haven’t seen rain in eight years. Temperatures were generally comfortable, in the mid to upper 80s, but at night they would drop to around 60. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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One night we attended a bush dinner. It was pitch dark and a little terrifying with all of the creature noises surrounding us! What turned out to be more dangerous was the food. Since it was so dark we ended up eating uncooked meat and got a parasite from it that haunted us for many days to come. It was just another lesson that we had to be vigilant and look out for our own safety rather than just place our trust in the hands of our guides.
 
 
 
 
IMG_1262Probably the most unforgettable part of our journey was the days we spent on safari. We were lucky enough to see three of the “Big Five” – lions, elephants,  and rhinoceros – as well as zebras, giraffes, antelope, and kudu. 
 
Thank you for sharing in our adventure. We wish you a happy new year filled with personal and professional adventures of your own!
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