Walking along the shore to get to Agate Beach.
The landscape across from Agat Beach. Pretty barren rock and sand, but just imagine walking around here and picking up diamonds off this ground.
We are walking in behind a wall of barber shops to a hidden restaurant the locals are taking us to for fish lunch.
The lady cooking the fish. In the blue bowl are 'fat balls', fried sweet dough balls. You grab what piece(s) of fish you want out of the plastic tub, add a fat ball or 3, squirt some chili sauce on the plate and move outside to eat it with your fingers. No utensils are provided and the drinks are served in glass jars. The local drink is moshikundu, a maize or millet beer that is not yet fermented, so is drunk like a soft drink.
Looking up the hill from the rocks on Shark Island.
The tugboat wanting this boat moved. This yacht dragged anchor the night before and the folks from YOLO and Saol Eile saved it from being blown across the bay into the rocks. Jason, Brian and Paraic took our dinghies out, boarded the locked up yacht and let out more chain to stop it from dragging farther,
The lighthouse at the point on Shark Island.
The 'blue house' is now white. It belongs to a diamond company executive and is open to the public for viewing a couple of hours a week. It sits high on a rocky hill in Luderitz. There are lots of good examples of traditional German architecture in this town. Many buildings have the dates on them from the first decade of the 1900's.
A cute tortoise at the local Montessori school. We went looking for a lady that rented cars and doubled as a school principal.
A mass of roots of a local palm planted in the waterfront plaza. The stone wall has disappeared along this side of the berm, but the roots retain the shape. There is a water tap in front of the black box in the upper left corner that we used to get water for our boat.
A local 'township' that we passed though just outside of Luderitz. 'Township' is a word used to indicate where the poor black workers live, much like we'd use 'ghetto'. They aren't safe places for us to walk at night.
Some exhibits in the Luderitz Museum. It is only open for 1 1/2 hours each weekday. They had lots of aritfacts from the local tribal cultures that used to live in the areas around here.
More interesting items on the Herero and Hanaman tribes. The Herero were hunted to near extinction by the Germans and the hats and dresses on the women in the photos are pretty unique.
Sean, Brian, Jason and Myra on Saol Eile. I made chicken and cheese quesadillas for all of us one night.
Thousands of purple-blue shells from mussels along the beach.