At five in the morning the next day, I landed at Hosea Kutako Airport. I was tired after a long trip and little sleep, but I quickly woke up when I got out of the plane and experienced the temperature of 1 ºC. Welcome to Namibian winter, I'll say!
Gottfriedt met me at the airport and it was very nice to see him again. We were both excited for our time together and for all that we would experience. We picked up our rental car and were off to Windhoek. The plan was to stay in Windhoek for one night before leaving for Etosha National Park the next day. During our night in Windhoek, we stayed at the house of our friends, Melle and Volker. They live in a nice part of the capital, little bit outside of the city centre. They are both animal and nature lovers, and have a beautiful garden with natural plants and a lot of birds.
Gottfriedt and I left my luggage in our room, and headed in to town to do some shopping. Windhoek is a beautiful and hectic city, and the city centre has nice constructions and shops. A lot of the buildings are from the colonisation with Germany, and for that reason they have German appearance.
In the evening we visited Gottfriedt's aunt and cousins. We watched football and ate snacks. They asked me questions about Norwegian football, and as little interest and knowledge I have for sports and football, I couldn't answer them. (Kine og Andrea: dere må nok lære meg litt ;) ) They just laughed at me, but I will try to impress them next time. It was nice to meet his family again.
We woke up early the next day to -6 ºC outside and the water fountain for the birds in the garden was completely frozen. It was really cold, even for a Norwegian! Gottfriedt and I went to make breakfast for Melle and Volker, and I gave them gifts from Norway. Volker's great grandfather was actually a Norwegian, so Volker and Melle is really interested in Norway and Volker knows a little Norwegian. After breakfast, Gottfriedt and I packed the car and started the drive towards the north and Etosha. I was so excited to finally see African animals in their natural environment.