Spiders. Dysfunctional showers. Hundreds of ants. Warm days and cold nights. Welcome to The Village – The place where the volunteers eat, sleep and hang out.
I have been here for two weeks and have six left. Now I want to introduce you properly to the place.
Come on in 😉
You wake up in your hard, slightly cold bed. You look up into your mosquito net and close your eyes again: waiting. In an enclosure a few kilometers from here the lions roar. You hear them as if they were right outside your hut. You smile.
No mosquitoes allowed!!
The alarms ring. It’s 6:30 am. Your three roomies awake. “Good morning” they say, squinting against the light from the window that the towel can’t quite cover.
Time to get up. You pull back the net and put your feet on the floor. Cooooold. The others begin to ruffle through their clothes. You do too and try to find the least dirty item. Not that one, it has baboon poo on it, not this one either, it smells, and that one was the one they ripped. Oh, this one is only completly full of sand, perfect!
You head out and to the bathroom. You choose the toilets furthest from you; they can be closed. Following the narrow path from your hut, you hear that the people in the other huts are waking up aswell. A new day.
Afterwards there’s breakfast. Every meal is at the same place. When you’ve finished and go to The Farm – the place where the volunteers work, you’re already looking forward to lunch.
After lunch some people chill by the pool. Others think it’s to warm and go to their huts. You can’t decide so you sit down amongst the sheep that have ventured from the Farm.
Brb- nap time 😉
Then it’s work again at 3 pm. You meet your friends by the only sink that has drinkable water.
Dinner. Cold drinks. Finally. You look toward the waterhole and see a couple of zebras. They’re back, you smile.
This is Namibia.
Next someone readies the bonfire. Tonight is just another day, so there will not be any dancing around the fire singing words no one understands (yes, we actually do that.)
Then it’s time to go to bed again. You lay down and wish your roomies good night. And lions join in.
Follow me into the savannah… ❤