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Namibia-isms

Posted on: April 6, 2012

I love it here…except for the fact that it’s Easter and the entire city shuts down. Literally, the only thing open is this hotel and a casino across the street. Cause Jesus never said you can’t gamble on Easter. 

Last night after work but before I had my salad all alone, I thought I’d try to find somewhere else to eat. Ha. Since today is a holiday (Good Friday), that meant everyone ended their work week yesterday at exactly 4:59:59.

On my way out of the hotel around 5:30, I asked the bellhop if anything would be open and he just laughed at me. This happens a lot, actually, for various reasons. Anyway, he said maybe there would be a Checkers open, which was located where, you may ask?

Per his words: “Cross the street. Go to that building. Then, go inside and get on the stairs but do not walk. Just stand there and the stairs will take you down. Then go to your left.”

SOOOOOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I just smiled while he told me how to take the escalator. Love him.

Today, I had to work from the hotel and the maid came by. I felt like a jackass sitting here while she worked… I actually asked if I could help her. She laughed at me too (it’s a pattern) and she said I wouldn’t know what to do. I told her my parents owned a motel so I grew up changing sheets (only putting on the clean ones, we weren’t allowed to touch anything dirty in the rooms) and spraying down furniture.  So she asked: “Don’t you want to take me back so I can work for you there?” Awww. Actually, she was really pretty. She wouldn’t be working as a maid for long is my guess.

Anyway, we were still chatting and she said, “I’ve never seen you before – you’re always out or have your do not disturb sign on” – which, why would I be in the room all the time? How many people does she see in the rooms? But anyway, then she says, “I thought a black girl was in here.” 

AND I SAY: “Why? Because I have a lot of products?”

OMG! I don’t even know what that means! Is it racist? It might be! Luckily she couldn’t really answer why she thought someone of a different color was in here… and I was just hoping I didn’t offend her and was wondering how stereotypical I can be. But then I got to thinking, is that even a stereotype ? I have no clue. 

See, this is what happens when you’re in the room all day. Luckily, I’m headed to Sossusvlei this weekend and cannot wait. Let’s see who I can possibly offend in a different part of Namibia.

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