The city buzz can be consuming and to make the most of your weekend, how about an escape without the hours of travel. Don’t get me wrong, road trips are fun and all for the loud music, quick stops, and the growing excitement as you reach your destination. But those are tiring and long. So how about an escape that’s not so far away and is a day visit?
A perfect place is a hidden gem. Close enough but far away from home. The hills, well the first time I heard about this place was when a friend was stranded December and needed a chill spot. So given their testimony, I had to see what the fuss was about and oh yes I am so glad I went. There is that hidden joy in finding something and experiencing it for the first time.
The drive up there was weird as well all didn’t know where to turn, needless to say our geography classes paid off. The route was well labeled and all we had to do was follow the arrows. It made us all laugh and on edge as we were dropping joke on wrong turn 3. To our surprise it almost became a reality as a jaywalker crossed the road. The panic, confusion and laughter that exploded in the car was beyond words.
We arrived safe and sound, after a few wrong turns and reversing. I do recommend going with a 4×4 vehicle as the road is gravel but hey the little Kia made it up there. After a few minutes of utter confusion, not knowing who to ask, where to go we found our way at the weirdest place: The Bar. Well who knew. The welcoming crew was warm and they help us set up and start the fire. Imagine a team of girls trying to start a fire while its drizzling.
We can never thank them enough. So we got started with the cooking, on the menu for the day was a pootjie, can someone help with what that is called in English? As soon as the pot started boiling, it was time for the most important part of the day, capturing the moments and enjoying the views. It was so calming and everything was turned into a joke, from weird mountain lions, to rattle snakes.
A way to cool off after all that posing and smiling was to take a dip into the pool. Think this is becoming a regular on this blog. You can never go wrong with swimming unless you are me and can’t actually swim. I am working on it, don’t switch on me. The pool wasn’t crowed and not that deep. Had to tip toe the whole time. The joy. One thing to mention is how polite Namibians are, always smiling, taking selfies and screaming, no I am serious, somehow is social settings we don’t talk, we all just scream. Well, its probably a Namibian trade.
Food was served and it was time for some good old girl talk, conversations and laughter. We all shared some personal stories, got a great deal of advice. Friends are a best way to spend your day away from home because you take a bit of home with you. The surroundings might be unfamiliar but familiar faces make it less awkward.
Thank you so much for reading. Which other hidden gems do you know of around Windhoek? Have you been to The Hills? How was your experience? Well hopefully I have encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and try new surroundings. As usual do not forget to comment, share and like this post.