I walk every day to and from work, which takes about an hour. A few pics from ground-level with a cameo by my roommate, Justus (soft ‘J’).
Other than home and work, I spend more time in the grocery store (Typically Shoprite and Pick n Pay, though there is a great organic foods section in Woolworths, which is primarily a clothing store.) than anywhere else. These would be great places to people watch, if you could feel comfortable stopping at any spot in the store for more than a minute or two; a moment of indecisiveness and I am in the way.
However, the most puzzling grocery practice is the food dump while waiting in line for the register. Namibians often push their carts and baskets off to the side at this point, too, but more significant is that customers seem to fully examine their chosen items and total cost for the first time in line. Food deemed over budget or unneeded is discarded into the abandoned carts — and any other possible spots — and forgotten.
From the Gender Research & Advocacy Project (GRAP) office at the Legal Assistance Centre: a great view of most of Windhoek, Namibia.
I love the relaxed environment. Often people who travel will refer to less developed countries as operating on their own time frame, which is some indeterminate time after the scheduled hour; this has held particularly true during my trips to Southern Africa. The pace, the people, and the weather are welcome changes. I like Dianne Hubbard, who is the head of the GRAP, for her ambition and passion, and I enjoy the tasks given to me thus far.
I have been assigned research to update information on whether Namibia has changed its status regarding international treaties, but also comparative law research on corporal punishment, voter registration requirements for local elections, and bail. The bail issue relates to the Namibian government’s attempt to make bail more difficult to obtain for those accused of gender-based violence as a way of discouraging more brutal beatings of women and girls. Unfortunately, when the argument is over less than 2.50 U$D, harsher sentencing, reduced opportunities at bail, etc. are unlikely to solve the problem…
Camden Market, January 2014. I have been to London for three short stints — and seen something new every time. This trip? Borough and Camden Markets, the London School of Economics, a Steve McQueen-themed restaurant, and SoHo.