Pure Namibian Heart 

Pure Namibian Heart 

Namibia – says it all. There is no beginning or end.
I’ve lived in Namibia my whole life, except for the year that I went studying.
To me this will always be Home. It is such a magical place, which one can’t really describe to others who have never been here.
It would be like trying to explain what snow is like, to someone who lives in the Kalahari, it’s merely impossible.
Once you’ve visited our beautiful country, your heart will always long to come back, cause all of us find a piece of ourselves here – even if it’s in the desert, by just looking at the ocean or going on a game drive & watching the Big 5.
I believe Namibia is one of the most friendly places on the face of this planet, and that’s one special character that I’m proud to say. We Namibians stand together & if one of your people have a problem, there’s no hesitation to just get in the car & drive 500km.
When you grow up in Namibia, it’s possible to know a lot of people, even if you’ve just heard their name passing by on some or other day in your life, but we come across each other a lot & there’s no hiding from it, really. Some would take this as a negative connotation, but I simply love it. Where else in the world, could an entire country say that they probably “know” 60 -80% of the population? This may be a bit far fetched, but just to think about this, is amazing. When someone from South Africa (who has not travelled much) or Oversea Tourists ask you what Namibia is like, there is too much to say. Those people usually think that there are lions walking down our streets & we rely on camels for transportation. One can just laugh at these comments, but we have so much more to offer than you could ever imagine. I’m proudly Namibian & I don’t believe in my wildest dreams that I would ever relocate. My favorite part of our beyond wonderful country, is the part where the dunes & the oceans meet.
Two utterly different sceneries coming together & becoming one. Wow…
Just think about it, makes my heart pound & my mind wonder. Namibians are known to love their beer & biltong, we are not the land of the honey & milk, cause beer & biltong are just way better. Even the tourists think that we top their beef jerky – whatever that may taste like (I’m not planning on finding out though). South Africa believes to be the rainbow nation, but I beg to differ: We don’t just have different cultures or races, but we have different believes, religions, goals, ambitions and much more even in our own races. This makes us unique & jaw-droppingly, it connects us to be one. It just gives us much more character to be so supportive and accepting in our country. We respect each other – doesn’t matter if you’re n Plaas Boer Oompie with your vellies & long socks, don’t forget the short jean broekie, Or a new generation Afrikaans Hipster, who permanently talks “slang” languages & have different outlooks on life. We all are one. We complete & fulfill each other by adding each one’s own special touch of life. This Nation stands together like no other & I will vouch for that.
We may not all be connected, but we all have one thing in common & that is the love for this incredible place, which I call: Heaven on Earth.
We have incredible potential like no other: We participate in sports, arts & culture, projects to help the homeless people & animals, and so much more. The Land of the Brave is evidently the best description to give us, we fight for our land together while standing tall & proud. This is a figuratively speaking “war” against the rest of the world, cause we are still much more conservative than the rest & this is one quality that truly stands out in Namibia. We try to still keep things simple in life, by closing shops between 13:00 & 14:00 or leaving work at 17:00. Maybe not even working over the weekends. Our life is simple, yet elegant.
We still enjoy life by making the most of it. Tranquility & serendipity is what you will find here.
Come to think of it, we as Namibians are indescribably lucky.
May God bless our souls & may these “religions” live on for many more years to come.
No words can describe my love for Namibia. I have a love so deep for Namibia, that even the oceans get scared of the depth. And this is the reason why I believe everyone leaves with a piece of Nam in their hearts once they go away.
I don’t think anyone ever thought it would be possible for one to be passionate about a country, but indeed, it is true & I wouldn’t be the first neither the only one to tell you this.
So go on now & explore…. Go find yourself & discover what lays beyond your Pure Namibian Heart.
Even if it’s in the bush, in the desert or next to the beach with your toes in the sand & the wind in your hair, take it all in for as long as possible.
Watch the skies with the most amazing sunsets or the stars across the Milky Way, especially at the Spitzkoppe.
Maybe around a camp fire, in the river & nothing else but good company. You & Nature melting together, becoming “lost”, but in actual fact finding all the answers you need.
I hope after this essay, that my fellow “Nambawians” would re-evaluate their similar experience & realize that we are all Family. And for those who haven’t been here, to take the time & make sure what the fuss is all about – I will tell you, it would be worth your while.
Namibia for life.

by Nerine Hugo

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