Showering with Spiders

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 πŸ˜‰

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.


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Shower anyone?

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.

A meal with a view πŸ™‚

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.

12166824_913071948759811_185673567_nBrb- nap time πŸ˜‰

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… ❀

10 thoughts on “Showering with Spiders

  1. Ugh. I hate spiders. And ants. I would love to wake up to the sound of lions though πŸ™‚ As long as they are far away πŸ˜›

    Do you have any variations in weather, or is it just blistering heat all the time? (Except at night)

    Miss you ❀

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    1. The lions are a few kilometers away, unless they escape… πŸ˜‰ It seriously feels like they are right outside your door, the first night I was certain it was the Pumbas making all that noise – oh how wrong I wasπŸ˜‚

      We have some variation, but not much. It can rain, and sometimes a storm blows up (and nearly brings down our huts). Except for that it is mostly warm.
      Oh, and the mornings are cold. The evenings are warm:)

      I miss you too!:)


  2. I hate spiders too. And ants…luckily they quickly disappeared from our hotel room in Cyprus πŸ˜›

    Really nice to get a glimpse of your daily life in Namibia πŸ™‚ We have nothing to complain about here when it comes to toilet and showers, that’s for sure^^

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    1. I would like to say the ants are the worst -because they’re everywhere, but, you know, spiders x)

      It’s amazing here:) I’m glad you liked it! πŸ˜€

      Yeah, haha, all the things I’m never going to complain about when I come home again!! πŸ˜‚


  3. Been waiting for this post and here it is, yay! I didn’t know that you had a pool there. Although I can’t imagine how tan you would have become if you went for a swim everyday by lunch time xD

    The landscape in Namibia looks stunning. ❀

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    1. Well, personally I don’t use it that much. It’s not that clean… However, it’s nice to put your feet in after work:)

      Yeah, the landscape is beautiful! I hope you get to experience Namibia some time:)


  4. Thank you for reporting back from Africa. It’s so interesting to read !

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    Ragnhild posted: “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”

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