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January 31, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

More about Claudio Lugo, the music professor who played a saxophone in Namibia

I’ve got an email from the saxophone player, Claudio Lugo who I meet at Dead Vlei in Namibia (see earlier blog) He sent me some of his images from his project   Instant Composer Secluded Settings Tours and some more from Namibia Namibia ICSST samples-1 photographed in all kind of places and countries with his saxophone.

Claudio Lugo (Professor – Musician) playing saxophone in Dead Vlei in Namibia

The meeting with Claudio was a memory for life as it was so surreal to be in a place like Dead Vlei and hear this music from a saxophone that never been heard before. It was such a beautiful moment so Claudio if you read this thank you so much!
Claudio also sent a preface-dialog
Dialogue between a wayfarer and a seclusum saxophone:

W. Are you here all by yourself? 

S. No, can’t you see the crowd of people? 

W. Did you say people? 

S. Yes, they’re everywhere. 

W. I must say I can’t see anyone! 

S. You can’t see them because there’s no way you can recognize them. 

W. And why is it that I can’t recognize them? 

S. Simply because they are everywhere.

(Guido Caserza)

January 31, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Some more images from the Namibia trip

Himba boy in Kaokoaland, Namibia

Himba boys in Kaokoland, Namibia

Girls in north of Namibia

These girls had so much fun when using the old car (what’s left of it) they were very giggly and very happy to be photographed.

Girls in north of Namibia

January 19, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Saved some reptiles from being killed

After Anders killed a black mamba and some birds he felt he wanted to save some reptiles from being killed by cars.

This stunning Chameleon that was crossing the road and which Anders saved from being killed. This is a fascinating lizard.

The Tortoise we saved from being smashed by a car.

The road where these reptiles where found

 

January 14, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Landscape in Namibia

Published some landscape shots taken along the way

This was photographed just outside Rundu in the very north of Namibia. On the other side of the Okavango river is Angola. The men in the boat cross the boarder everyday to work in Namibia. I assume that it is illegal but lots of Angolan people do it.

Outside Puros in Kaokoland

This picture where shot …. can’t remember but somewhere in the north of Namibia. I’m absolutely amazed of the sky in Namibia, it changes all the time and the clouds are so powerful.

Etosha national park

Puros community campsite

Puros

Somewhere between Puros and OpuwoBetween Puros and Opuwo

Giraffes between Puros and Opuwo

January 14, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Snakes that we have seen

In Kamanjab I nearly stepped (only wearing sandals) on a puff adder which is a very dangerous snake. It was dark and I took my eyes from the ground for a second to say hello to an African man and when I looked down again half a meter from my foot was the snake. I jumped back and shouted to the guy it’s a snake and he came and killed it. It took quite a while and lots of big stones before it was, sort of, dead and I could see that the guy was really scared of the snake too. I must admit that I was a bit shaken after that.

A couple of days later we saw another puff adder and a Black Mamba, which is one of the most venomous and aggressive snakes in the world. We were quite lucky as we were in the car, actually Anders drove over it by accident so it looked a bit deformed (see image).

The second Puff adder we have seen this is the kind of snake that I nearly stepped on

Black Mamba after Anders accidently drove over it by the car

Black mamba fighting for his life after Anders drove over it...

January 13, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Kaokoland and the Himba people

A gorgeous little Himba boy that I was thinking of kidnapping (just a joke...)

We are now in the Damaraland travelling towards Kaokoland and we have already seen zebras, oryxes, lots of springboks. The landscape is gorgeous.  Before driving into Kaokoland we filled up the tank, as there are no petrol to buy where we are going. We also stocked lots of water in case we would get stock somewhere.

We stopped and talked with some Himba people after the way and it was just one little boy who could speak English and he said he learnt English at school. We gave the kids some lollipops and in a second we had lots of kids around us. One kid sold us a stone for 20 Namibia dollar ok that might be a lot for a stone but we can afford it and it made the boy happy.

The road between Sesfontein and Puros was…not sure how to describe it but without a 4×4 you can be in big problems. The road change from deep soft sand to gravel road with lots of big stones you have to avoid. We were lucky not to get any puncture as we need the two spare tyres for the about 160 km off road we would do in a day or two.

We saw some desert zebras on the way and of course lots of springboks. We arrived to Puros when the sun started to set so we were a bit in a rush to get the tent up, as it’s common that the desert elephants pass through the campsite. We just manage to get into the tent and we heard the elephants tip toed around the tent. The elephants was just a few meters from the tent and both Anders and me tried to keep as quiet as possible. We just had the mosquito net between us and the elephants. Unfortunately we did not have the camera in the tent but honestly I’m not sure if I would have been brave enough to use the camera as the elephants would have heard the shutter go off. The whole night we woke up and heard different animals and in the morning we saw lots of traces outside the tent of different animals.

This is a very peaceful place though there are animals like mountain lions, elephants, snakes etc. and when I think about that there are days of driving to get to the closest hospital it is a bit worrying.

We took the car into Porus in the evening and met Edison, a Himba guy that we become friend with. He was responsible for the camp site where we were staying. Though he was a Himba guy he didn’t wear the traditional Himba cloths and the reason for that was that when he was a child he was chosen to go to school. The few children who have the possibility to go to school will work within tourism the other who stay in the village work with the kettle and other day to day work. They will not learn to read and they do not speak English. Edison took us to see his family. We met his little daughter who was an albino and had a very pale skin which must be very hard in sunny country like Namibia.

The Himba people put ochre mixed with fat on the whole bodies so they got a reddish skin tone. We went to see one Himba woman who we could ask lots of questions. She even put some ochre on my white skin, it did not look as nice as it did on her. Edison wanted us to come back next year and he said we could stay in the Himba village and live as Himba people, which sounded very interesting so we might go back 2013. This is a very remote area in Africa and there are no petrol or food to buy so if someone is planning to go there make sure that you have enough with, petrol, water and food.

When leaving Puros after some days we did some serious off road driving. It took us about nine hours non stop driving (only for a quick lunch and some picture) from Puros to Opuwo. We had been advised by a couple from Winthoek not to do this trip with just one car and we were lucky to meet some guys from Germany who wanted to join us on this trip. It can go days or even weeks until someone else is using this road (it wasn’t a road)

We set out early in the morning, Anders drove the first bit which was in a very deep sand on a river bed. We had taken short drive in this area the day before and got stuck in the sand so we were a bit nervous but Anders took us through that part beautifully J. I drove most of the day and I absolutely love to drive of road. I thought it would scare me when it was very step but no I loved it and want to do it again. We went over the mountain where there. I’m amazed that the car actually not went into pieces after all shaking and bumping. It took 7 hours before we meet the first car but we meet a few Himba people and I am amazed that someone actually can live in a remote area like this. How they can find water is a big question because I didn’t see any. We stopped and gave them some of the food and water we had and they were so happy that they were dancing around us. So if any of you who are reading this are thinking of going this rout, bring extra water and food that you can give the people you meet. They really like to meet you as they don’t see people very often.

After about 9 hours of off road driving in we arrived quite exhausted to Opuwo. We stopped to buy some food at a shop and there were a mix of people that I’ve never seen before. There were Himba people dressed traditional, Herero women in traditional Victorian style dressed (not sure how the cope in the heat with this dresses to be honest). Every one was trying to sell something some could speak English and some couldn’t but everyone was happy to say hello.

Himba children in Kaokoland

Himba Woman in Puros, Kaokoland

Himba village outside Puros

Himba village

Some of the kids we meet during the day

Anders and Edison

Edison and his little daugther

A donkey carrying the meet

Himba kids at the Himba village near Porus

A happy child in a very remote and dry area in Kaokoland

I have never seen any one be so happy for some food and water, they were actually dancing around us, lovely people.

A Himba mother with her child

Himba woman in Opuwo

January 6, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Had enough of sand now heading east

Some pictures we took after a driving towards Kamanjab

 

Sheep

termite mound (not sure about the name...)