Tjark Thielker’s Super 8 Postcard from Namibia.
Tjark Thielker went on a trip to Namibia recently – not quite your average skate tour destination. However, exploring has been an integral part of skateboarding since day one. So when you’re actually searching the unknown, Nimibia should be a safe bet. Here are a few things Tjark has found while down there with Kevin Metallier , Anthony Lopez, Thiery Gomis, Phillip Schuster and Olli Ilmonen:
Filming: Tjark Thielker | Edit: Jo Peters | Pic: Kev. Metallier | Text: Jan Kliewer
5 reasons to travel Africa:
– Broaden your horizon
– Thirst for culture
5 Namibia facts:
– Two deserts in one country: Kalahari & Namib desert, the latter one being the country’s eponym.
– Fish River Canyon: the second largest canyon of the world.
– Namibia has the second highest sand dune in the world: “Dune 7”, measuring 350m.
– Former German colony (1884-1915).
– First genocide of the 20th century, Germans killing the Herero and Nama people. Up to 90.000 deaths between 1904-1908.
5 Google tips for skate spots in Namibia:
– Windhoek skate
– skate Namibia
– skate spots in Namibia
– Skateboard Namibia
5 travel essentials for a Namibia trip:
– Sun screan
– Car plus spare tire
5 German influences still found in Namibia
– Colonial days’ heritage
– Language: Still about 20.000 German speaking people there, plus scattered German speaking schools.
– Culinary influence: Restaurants and bakeries offering typical German dishes or food.
– Beer. “Windhoek” for instance: brewed under German purity law.
3 Namibian virtues that could do Germany good:
3 best Namibian dishes:
– Tombo (homemade millet beer)
3 Namibia souvenirs:
– Hand carved chestnut key pendant
– Tapestry coloured in natural paint
– Wooden salad servers
1 Pearl of wisdom you learned on this trip:
– Be thankful for what you’ve got, and question your “problems” before entitling them as such.