Posted by: Tommy | February 2, 2011

Sometimes, our Tuesday…

There are some days that, by the end of them, we realize that we’d rather have been at work.  Most of those days end up on the blog, because they make good stories.  The 20 hour busride.  The night we slept in the truck in the Kalahari.  90% of Mozambique.  Those are extreme cases.  Most of our days end up much tamer than a day of “vacation” – we do laundry, we check email, we go to the store.  And then sometimes, a day is just perfect.  We’ve had a fair number of “perfect” days so far, and today was one of them.  So I wanted to write this, mostly so I could say “My Tuesday was better than your Tuesday.”

We’re staying in Swakopmund, Namibia.  Namibia is an interesting place – I like to call it “Black Germany”.  Though that’s not necessarily politically correct, but it is fairly accurate.  It’s clean, the people all speak German (and English), the roadsigns are evenly spaced (every 10 kilometers) and the public transportation is extremely punctual.  Swakopmund is a beach/desert resort town that caters to a ton of German tourists, plus nearly every backpacker that comes to Namibia.

There wasn’t any amazing attraction that we visited (like Petra or the Pyramids).  We ate a good (and free) breakfast, we had fast and free internet access (sadly, a huge contributor in a perfect day) which allowed us to Skype with each of our families, we found cheap lamb chops at the store which Anna turned into a fabulous dinner.

But this is what really made today perfect – watch as 3 phenomenal hours unfold in pictures:

5:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 25

5:15 pm

5:30 pm

5:45 pm

6:00 pm

6:15 pm

6:30 pm

6:45 pm

7:00 pm

7:15 pm

7:30 pm

7:45 pm

8:00 pm

And the best news of all – we have a renter for our condo!  It’s been vacant since the end of September – but for some reason, the bank still wants us to pay the mortgage.  It’s the thing causing us the most stress (and the most trip-budget concern).  No more – a better than we could have hoped for ending to an already great day. I can confidently say “Our Tuesday was better than your Tuesday”.



  1. Tommy and Anna:

    These pictures are just breathtaking, but I did notice that the wine and beer glasses kept getting refilled! You’ve learned well 🙂 It’s these days that make all the “bad and inconvenient” days worth it. Relish in today and all the good times to come.

    I’m thrilled that you finally have your condo rented. I know it is a huge weight off your shoulders. Continue to have faith in God and enjoy each other and each day.

    Sending lots of Texas love —


    PS — it was 18 degrees here when we woke up this morning with a wind chill of 7! Snow/sleet expected tomorrow and Friday.

  2. I am one of Jerry’s law partners and have been reading all of your posts since we also love to travel. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing all of your adventures, the good and the bad.

    Thanks again.

    • Dee,

      So glad you are enjoying our blog. It really makes me feel connected to know that people are reading it at home. I’d be curious, of where we have been, where would you like to go, or have you been? Do we have any experiences in common?

  3. You wouldn’t have had to have much of a day to beat ours. All of Dallas was shut down yesterday — Tuesday — due to an ice storm. It was less than 20 degrees and even colder today. Ice all over the road and all the visitors for the Super Bowl complaining about the weather. Mind you most of them are from Green Bay and Pittsburgh. To be fair, yesterday it was colder in Dallas than Green Bay. Today the wind chill makes it zero. Sooooo cold.

    Now if we were comparing your Tuesday to ours last Tuesday — we could have given you a run for your money. We were in beautiful PV on the beach having a similar experience to yours!!

    • True, our timing was prescient. We were lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy the day just for a lovely day. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the sightseeing of it all, and forget to appreciate the beauty of where you are. That Tuesday was a day worth appreciating for its loveliness.

  4. Seems to me you guys are becoming real slackers. What happened to the joyful days of cutting down trees in national parks, digging out wheels and walking around barefoot in mud covered in worms? Glad you´re enjoying Namibia.

    • Eva – you’re right. And I’m okay with our slacker-ness. Tommy is now very intrigued by returning to the Kalahari in NOT – January, so we’ll let you know how that goes. At least we have more 4×4 skills now!

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