Title: Cam, Yvonne, Kaia & Jake in Namibia (Namibia)

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Geography in full colour - 21/Aug/2010 20:09 - 5023 days ago
I have come to know and really like the junior geography teacher at Himarwa.  His name is Lasco Sachuma.  He has been teaching...
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Geography in full colour - 21/Aug/2010 20:09 - 5023 days ago
I have come to know and really like the junior geography teacher at Himarwa.  His name is Lasco Sachuma.  He has been teaching...
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If you want to be happy, plant a garden! - 21/Aug/2010 18:30 - 5023 days ago
You might recall an earlier blog I did entitled “Longing for big box Home Depot” where I’d purchased materials for the new...
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If you want to be happy, plant a garden! - 21/Aug/2010 18:30 - 5023 days ago
You might recall an earlier blog I did entitled “Longing for big box Home Depot” where I’d purchased materials for the new...
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Solar-powered enthusiasm - 20/Aug/2010 15:45 - 5024 days ago
[we arrived in Toronto yesterday PM after a long trip back and are at my brother Craig's in Bracebridge right now.  We squished...
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Solar-powered enthusiasm - 20/Aug/2010 15:45 - 5024 days ago
[we arrived in Toronto yesterday PM after a long trip back and are at my brother Craig’s in Bracebridge right now.  We sq...
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Reflections on Leaving - 06/Aug/2010 10:04 - 5038 days ago
Nine days until we leave Himarwa Iithete and Mpungu – the school and community that have been our home for the past year.  We...
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Reflections on Leaving - 06/Aug/2010 10:04 - 5038 days ago
Nine days until we leave Himarwa Iithete and Mpungu – the school and community that have been our home for the past year.  We...
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Hockey night in Mpungu - 30/Jul/2010 15:46 - 5045 days ago
The hockey sticks we brought over as a piece of luggage stayed under the bed for many months.  But when the weather got cooler,...
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Hockey night in Mpungu - 30/Jul/2010 15:46 - 5045 days ago
The hockey sticks we brought over as a piece of luggage stayed under the bed for many months.  But when the weather got cooler,...
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English workshop? More like a“play”-shop! - 25/Jul/2010 14:37 - 5050 days ago
The idea had been brewing for quite some time:  Get primary teachers together and talk about ways to teach English as a second ...
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English workshop? More like a“play”-shop! - 25/Jul/2010 14:37 - 5050 days ago
The idea had been brewing for quite some time:  Get primary teachers together and talk about ways to teach English as a second ...
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Kaia and Jake’s 2 lists - 26/Jun/2010 22:51 - 5079 days ago
What follows is a list that Kaia and Jake made of some of their highlights and lowlights of life in Mpungu. Good things Seeing t...
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Kaia and Jake’s 2 lists - 26/Jun/2010 22:51 - 5079 days ago
What follows is a list that Kaia and Jake made of some of their highlights and lowlights of life in Mpungu. Good things Seeing t...
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Longing for Big Box Home Depot - 25/Jun/2010 23:08 - 5080 days ago
I knew it was going to be a challenging trip to the hardware store, but never dreamed it would take more than 24 hours!  A few ...
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Longing for Big Box Home Depot - 25/Jun/2010 23:08 - 5080 days ago
I knew it was going to be a challenging trip to the hardware store, but never dreamed it would take more than 24 hours!  A few ...
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Makgadikgadi, Tsodilo Hills, Ngepi&home - 04/Jun/2010 13:53 - 5101 days ago
After our time in the Okavango Delta, we had about 4 days left before having to return to work, so we squeezed a trip Makgadikga...
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Makgadikgadi, Tsodilo Hills, Ngepi&home - 04/Jun/2010 13:53 - 5101 days ago
After our time in the Okavango Delta, we had about 4 days left before having to return to work, so we squeezed a trip Makgadikga...
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Okavango Delta - 02/Jun/2010 21:46 - 5103 days ago
As mentioned in the last blog entry, we coasted into the town of Maun on the last fumes in our gas tank.  We were pleased to di...
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Okavango Delta - 02/Jun/2010 21:46 - 5103 days ago
As mentioned in the last blog entry, we coasted into the town of Maun on the last fumes in our gas tank.  We were pleased to di...
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muckin’about in Moremi - 28/May/2010 19:30 - 5108 days ago
In our quest to take in as much of southern Africa’s wilderness as we can, we headed in to Moremi Wildlife Reserve just south ...
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Choc-full Chobe - 27/May/2010 20:14 - 5109 days ago
Chobe Park in NE Botswana is renowned for its elephants.  My mom Janet was there a few years back and said she saw so many she ...
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Victoria Falls through the seasons - 26/May/2010 07:21 - 5110 days ago
[in case any of you didn't realize this, you can enlarge a photo by clicking on it, and enlarge it again by clicking on the medi...
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Zambian F-words - 25/May/2010 12:22 - 5111 days ago
Fees, Fares, Falls, Flights and a Ferry! We crossed the border into Zambia at Katima Mulilo, and (luckily) had some advance warn...
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marooned in Mamili mud - 24/May/2010 20:58 - 5112 days ago
[we arrived back in Mpungu tonight after 3 and a half weeks of vacation in Caprivi strip, Zambia & northern Botswana. FABULO...
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Khaudum–the good, the bad, and the car troubles - 05/May/2010 20:55 - 5131 days ago
We are back in Rundu – about 3 weeks earlier than planned.  The Khaudum trip proved a bit more eventful than we’d hoped.  ...
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Botswana-Bound - 28/Apr/2010 22:53 - 5138 days ago
I thought we’d better update the blog before we head out for 3.5 weeks of vacation.  Tomorrow we drive to Rundu, then east 2h...
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Betty, Water&Giraffe - 11/Apr/2010 13:13 - 5155 days ago
We said goodbye to Yvonne’s mom Betty as she boarded the “Intercape” bus in Rundu Wednesday night bound for Windhoek.  Sh...
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My last day in Mpungu - 01/Apr/2010 06:02 - 5165 days ago
Betty here.               I was up and out at six in the morning to watch the sun rise over the school and see the ...
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Team teaching - 29/Mar/2010 20:57 - 5168 days ago
Kaia, Jake, their teacher Mr Handiba, my mom, and I worked as a team today in the grade 4 English class.  Over the weekend, we ...
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I made it to Africa! - 29/Mar/2010 14:46 - 5168 days ago
Overcoming my angst about coming to Mpungu was my biggest hurdle.  Yvonne and Cam and their friends along the way smoothed any ...
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REALLY off the beaten track - 28/Mar/2010 13:30 - 5169 days ago
Since arriving last September we’ve been talking about and looking forward to visiting some of local schools that were until n...
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The Ripple Effect of Teacher Training - 18/Mar/2010 19:36 - 5179 days ago
[Yvonne's mom Betty is now safely on Namibian soil - arrived tired but happy late this morning 900km from us in Windhoek. She wi...
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Teaching English with my own 2 hands - 14/Mar/2010 10:05 - 5183 days ago
We are here in Namibia as math teachers and teacher trainers, and have ended up putting a lot of our efforts into computer train...
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Bless the rains down in Africa - 11/Mar/2010 08:34 - 5186 days ago
Those of you alive in the 1980s might recall Toto’s hit song that inspired the title of this blog.  We have come to appreciat...
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Green thumbs come easily here! - 06/Mar/2010 20:38 - 5191 days ago
[preface] We’re finding it difficult to find time to update our blog these days. This entry comes courtesy of 4 quite sick...
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our beloved SV Concordia sinks !!! - 19/Feb/2010 17:49 - 5206 days ago
I was absolutely stunned when I logged onto the Canadian Broadcasting Corp news site this morning and saw that the tall ship SV ...
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A Week in the Life… - 14/Feb/2010 22:10 - 5211 days ago
It has been quite a while since last update. We’ve really ramped up our work here and have found very little time to write or ...
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Anybody willing to help support our schools? - 22/Jan/2010 14:05 - 5234 days ago
As many of you already know, learning and teaching here in Mpungu is not easy.  Learners work very hard and are for the most pa...
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Heading Home to Mpungu - 11/Jan/2010 22:29 - 5245 days ago
Readers who are new to our blog may understandably have the impression that this is nothing more than a Namibian travel blog.  ...
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Exploring the Fish and Orange Rivers - 11/Jan/2010 11:54 - 5245 days ago
January 4-6, 2010  Yvonne’s last entry left us at the Skorpion zinc mines (8th largest in the world) in Rosh Pinah close to S...
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We were blown away by Luderitz - 10/Jan/2010 22:00 - 5246 days ago
January 2-4, 2010  As we drove out to the coastal city of Lüderitz, through Restricted Diamond Area #1 (yes, it is forbidden t...
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Morning climb above NamTib - 10/Jan/2010 15:38 - 5246 days ago
January 1 & 2, 2010 Our friend Daan suggested we stay at the NamTib biosphere reserve just north of Aus, at the edge of the ...
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A very“tame”New Years eve at Hammerstein - 09/Jan/2010 22:11 - 5247 days ago
December 30 to Jan 1st Some folks who helped us with our car troubles in Sosusvlei tipped us off about a lodge that had big cats...
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What we were dune in Sossusvlei - 08/Jan/2010 21:36 - 5248 days ago
December 29, 2009 We had heard so many great things about Sossusvlei that we were afraid we might be disappointed when we got th...
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Chance encounter and Solatairy apple pie - 08/Jan/2010 16:46 - 5248 days ago
December 28 & 29, 2009 Some friends we made on the beach at Henties Bay told us of their favorite drive in Namibia – SW f...
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Walvis and Windhoek - 08/Jan/2010 16:16 - 5248 days ago
December 26-27, 2009 We left our B&B in Swakopmund the morning of Dec 26th and drove the 20 minutes south along the coast to...
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Cooling off on the coast - 08/Jan/2010 15:07 - 5248 days ago
December 21-23, 2009 On our way out to the coast on December 21st, we could feel the temperature dropping, and we started seeing...
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Fabulous Formations at Spitzkoppe - 08/Jan/2010 11:53 - 5248 days ago
December 20 & 21, 2009 Although Sptizkoppe mountain is not as high a mountain as Brandberg, it is more dramatic and is often...
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Highest Point, Hottest Hike, Coolest Pictographs - 08/Jan/2010 11:23 - 5248 days ago
December 20, 2009 (posted enroute north to Rundu) This day started with Cam putting on our spare tire at sunrise.  We had our 1...
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Rock Art, Rock Music, Rock Comfort - 06/Jan/2010 14:18 - 5250 days ago
NOTE: Yvonne wrote this blog while we drive north from Fish River Canyon to Windhoek.  I am uploadingpublishing it via cellular...
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Fabulous Grootberg - 06/Jan/2010 09:18 - 5250 days ago
December 20, 2009 A friend Barbara in Toronto had tipped me off back in August about a fantastic lodge and suggested we visit. ...
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Desert Adapted Elephants - 06/Jan/2010 09:07 - 5250 days ago
The north-west region of Namibia is home to some very special elephants that have adapted to a desert environment. It is one of ...
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Himba Encounters - 04/Jan/2010 09:05 - 5252 days ago
December 13-18 Kaokoland is homeland of the Himba & Herero people.  As Yvonne mentioned in last entry, they descended from ...
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Off road in Kaokoland - 02/Jan/2010 21:49 - 5254 days ago
December 13-17, 2009 Our tour through the northwest of Namibia (NW Kunene Province; also known as “Kaokoland”) started with...
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Waiting in line at the Hobatere waterhole - 02/Jan/2010 20:05 - 5254 days ago
This entry comes to you from another inspired Namibian setting – the port town of Luderitz.  The wind is HOWLING as I sit...
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Etosha Take Two - 29/Dec/2009 21:24 - 5258 days ago
This blog comes to you from a comfy folding chair, sitting next to the car – with laptop powered by cigarette lighter.  Kids ...
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Waterberg Plateau Global Ed Weekend - 27/Dec/2009 23:17 - 5260 days ago
Sorry … this entry is a bit out of date – we did not have a chance to post before leaving Mpungu. We visited Waterberg Plat...
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Merry Christmas! - 27/Dec/2009 21:34 - 5260 days ago
A belated “Merry Christmas” goes out to all our readers!  This entry was ready to go on the 25th, but a technical glitch wi...
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Mom’s in Mpungu and Muketete - 09/Dec/2009 15:33 - 5278 days ago
Cam’s Mom is now in Mpungu! She arrived yesterday morning after a rather gruelling trek over. 2 red eye flights got to Johanne...
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Rural Life in Mukekete - 05/Dec/2009 10:07 - 5282 days ago
On Wednesday, we got the chance to go to the small village of Mukekete with our colleague, Ms Homateni, who grew up there (with ...
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Farewell to Dinah and John - 04/Dec/2009 21:57 - 5283 days ago
On Friday November 13th John and Dinah Hilbourne left Himarwa Iithete and Mpungu and headed back to the UK.  These two VSO volu...
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Enduring Extreme Exams - 24/Nov/2009 12:44 - 5293 days ago
So we haven’t updated the blog in almost a month – what’s happening??  Hopefully our readers haven’t completely given u...
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Carnivores at Kgalagadi - 01/Nov/2009 13:21 - 5316 days ago
Our friend Alan Hobbet tipped us off about a great but rather unknown game park that was not too far from our lodge outside of M...
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VSO In-Country Training Part 2 (”ICT2”) - 31/Oct/2009 14:12 - 5317 days ago
On October 18th, just after our trip to Etosha Park, we met up with the other VSO volunteers who had arrived in Namibia at or ar...
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Etosha is Wild! - 27/Oct/2009 20:20 - 5321 days ago
We’re finally back to Mpungu after 12 days of adventure and “ICT2”  (2nd VSO In Country Training Sessions).  Sorry for t...
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Our 1st game safari - 11/Oct/2009 19:31 - 5337 days ago
Last weekend  (Oct 2-4) we gleefully headed out for our 1st (of many, we hope) game park safari.  We 1st drove the 45 minutes ...
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Kaia and Jake’s milestones at school - 08/Oct/2009 20:27 - 5340 days ago
You may have read of Kaia and Jakes’ struggles with school.  Today marked a 1st for both.  Jake lasted for the entire 1...
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Meeting hungry teachers - 08/Oct/2009 20:00 - 5340 days ago
On Tuesday, the 4 of us went to Simanya Combined School (“combined” means it includes grades 1-10) to give an introductory w...
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Daily chores and more - 07/Oct/2009 04:35 - 5341 days ago
Life seems to be pretty full here.  It’s easy to fall behind on our blog!  This one captures our daily life over past week a...
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Firsts…rain, school, boxing - 27/Sep/2009 19:15 - 5351 days ago
We’ve had a good week, and are making friends and finding our feet in various ways.  I’ve included some photos of our secon...
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1st Week in Mpungu - 20/Sep/2009 19:43 - 5358 days ago
September 20, 2009 Woke up early and realized that I had slept comfortably UNDER the sheet!  Wow – must have been a cool nigh...
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