by Laura Brainard
They say a “journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” But if kilometers are shorter than miles, why not save gas and take your trip in kilometers? Why not travel to a place where time allows you to be in the future by 6 hours? Why not travel to a place where stars blanket the sky and elaborate sunsets melt into the earth? Why not travel to a profound place called Namibia?
After two days filled with exhilarating game drives, generous hospitality, educational meetings, short pursuits through Windhoek, and delicious meals, it is safe to say the lifetime memories are in the making. Without a doubt, it certainly has not taken us long to figure out that the nights are crisp and require immediate layers of warmth when the sun goes down. (A big shocker for the Texans I might add.) Here, long underwear and hot tea are more than acceptable this time of year. Ten gallon Stetsons are replaced with rugged safari hats, possums replaced by meerkats, Whataburger replaced by Wimpy, and slow southern drawls are replaced with a quirky language no true Texan could keep up with.
Our spontaneous group of seven students and two fearless leaders, Dr. Gary Wingenbach and Tobin Redwine, are bound to have an irreplaceable experience filled with laughs, endless puns, lessons learned and millions of shots. (Camera shots that is.) With two epic days behind us, the journey of a thousand kilometers has only just begun.