I am sure the title of this post got everyone’s attention! I live in an area of Windhoek called Eros Park which given a certain orneriness that I am more or less blessed (or cursed) with I thought was quite appropriate. I immediately wondered if indeed the sense of humour of s/he who gave this area its name also had proposed naming any other area Thanatos. When in jest I asked this question of someone, I was met with an uncomprehending stare. Indeed, there are so many streets named after famous philosphers, politicians (yes Robert Mugabe avenue and Nelson Mandela avenue do indeed intersect) and musicians that I expressed mock disappointment to see that there wasn’t a street named de Sade or Cassanova. (My bizarre sense of humour I guess.) Like other countries in Africa, Namibia shares a history of differing ideologies, religious beliefs and social conservatism. Here are a few pics of the ‘hood and my temporary abode:
With the end of winter and the arrival of spring, the soundscape changes like it does everywhere else. Because security is an essential part of home life in Windhoek, most houses are walled and atop each wall one typically finds an electified fence (7000 volts !!). As if that isn’t enough, dogs are the most popular pet; iindeed, many homes have two or three dogs and cats. Dogs are quite noisy creatures which, of course, fits the bill perfectly from a security point of view, but is a bit disconcerting when, as you walk by house after house, a contagion of barking breaks out. It starts with the first house and then progresses like waves from a passing ship by each house until the passerby has left the vicinty and the noise finally subsides. It is impossible not to go unnoticed in my neighbourhood.
As soon as I can get Windows Vista to recognize my iPhone once again, I will be able to post pics of the ‘hood! Who says that Windows is getting easier??!!
© Frederic Borgatta and Fredericsblog, 2009