History and architecture, Namibia
Namibia's independence came in the early 1990s only after a protracted civil war that included involvement from both superpowers' proxies and pre-apartheid South Africa. Many of the third world's "revolutionary leaders" contributed to the final success of Namibia's bolt to independence.
And, the Namibians have remembered those who have helped them. Throughout cities in Namibia, you'll find street after street named after Sam Nujoma (Namibia's president), Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Robert Mugabe and even Fidel Castro. So, since you're going to be hearing about these guys on a constant basis every time you ask for directions, you might want to learn a little bit about them.
Fondest memory: The look on the face of my guide, Julia, when I told her I wanted to get a photo of the "Fidel Castro Street" sign. She didn't realize how much of a novelty it would be back in the USA.
The history of Namibia and southern Africa is something less known to people from North America and Europe. You will get so much more out of your trip if you spend a little time learning about what's been going on in Namibia (and southern Africa) over the last 500 or so years.
Fondest memory: I always enjoy seeing historical sites and buildings. Among the ones I remember most vividly are
(1) 5,000 year old rock etchings at
(2) The old German fort at Namutoni, in
(3) The site of the first European landing in
Namibia at Cape Cross.
One hundred years ago, this country was a German colony and that those times are still well remembered. Architecture, newspapers, traditions, the language in many places, even the food: German!
This building is Christuskirche in Windhoek - complete with German prayer books.