This was sent today but describes her experiences on Thursday, Jan 5 through Sunday Jan 8.
My trip to Windhoek—
It's been a crazy few days. We went to Windhoek on Thursday morning. We left at 5 AM and we packed everything up onto busses and bakkies (pick-up trucks.) We got in around 9 AM and we had meetings with the Peace Corps and Embassy people until about noon. Then we went shopping at Game (a Walmart-like store) and got everything we needed at our permanent site for the next 3 months (right!) We were done at 3. I bought pillowcases, a cooler (so I can get perishables back from the grocery store. If I'm lucky I think I might even be able to get ice cream back) and a bunch of school supplies. Then we split up and went to different stores. Others went to Edumed (an education supplies store) or the mall, but I went off to find a cell phone. Anker is too rural to have cell coverage, but I heard that there is a type of antenna that you can hook to the top of your roof and have coverage. I was with Achalen, one of the Peace Corps drivers, and I am so glad. We found the phone that works with the antenna at Cellular Cash and Carry, but we couldn't find the antenna. Achalen talked to the cashiers in Afrikans and explained what we were looking for and he drove me all over Windhoek. In the end, we never did find the antenna, but I got a cell phone and I have a good lead on where to go the next time I'm in Windhoek. Until then, I just have to climb a big hill to get reception. It's good exercise. After shopping I took a bath that was so hot it was almost scalding; my last hot bath for quite a while. Then we had dinner at the hotel, which was amazing. It was a buffet and it tasted so good. After that we went to the movie theatre and saw Harry Potter. It was really great to see a movie and I was glad I got to see it. Others went to see Narnia. When we got out of the movie it was raining ridiculously hard (the rainy season has been living up to its name recently.) So we got back to the hotel and watched CNN and then went to sleep.