Sunday in Swakopmund:
Several of us woke up for an optional church service. The church is Christ Embassy, a Christian church held in a small hall. It was a new experience for most of us, having church in a hall. There was a lot of singing, Bible versus, testimonials from the congregation, and did I mention singing? It was a joyful celebration on a hot, dry, windy Sunday morning.
After church, our entire group went on a tour of Mandosa Township and the informal settlements on the outskirts of Swakopmund proper. Part of our tour included a stop to hear a talented group of a capella singers: Vocal Galore. We thoroughly enjoyed their singing, and they drew a crowd from the community as they performed. They informed us that they had just gotten back from performances in South Africa. How lucky we were to hear them! Other stops on the tour included a kindergarten (here it is essentially a childcare center) as well as a local Herero woman's house. She was kind enough to share her home, her story, and her clothes (a few of us tried on the Herero dress). Thank you!
Next up: free time! Such a rare treat on our journey. We walked around Swakopmund and some of us hit up the local internet cafe while several of us walked down to the Atlantic Ocean and got our feet wet. Fun! We then had lunch on the pier. Delicious!
We drove out to Dune 7 in the afternoon. Dune 7 is 7km from Swakopmund, along the coast just past Walvis Bay. Climbing Dune 7 is a popular tourist adventure. And what an adventure it was! It took most of us a while to climb to the top, with several stop-and-catch-your-breath moments along the way. The sand just kept slipping under our feet! We finally made it to the top, where we were graced with a stunning vantage point above the desert while being pelted by sand in our faces! It was incredibly windy at the top! After some minutes at the top being whipped in the wind, we made our descent. It was fun to run down the dune!
Our driver, Passat, took us to Walvis Bay to watch the sunset. Thanks Passat! The ocean at the bay was calm and the sunset was gorgeous. Just what we needed after a long day of sightseeing and getting worn out by our dune climb. After returning to Swakopmund, we washed the sand off and headed out to Kucki Pub for dinner.
Thanks for reading!