Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Little Bit of Germany in Africa

 If you walked into this breakfast room at your hotel, where would you guess you were?  Germany or maybe Austria, right?  Wrong.  Windhoek, capital of Namibia, which was a colony of Germany until after WW II.  

The whole town has quite a German flavour, mixed with African.  In the middle of Klein Windhoek, you can stand on the corner of Koch Strasse and Nelson Mandela Avenue.  The Germans really didn't treat the Namibians well during colonial times, executing one of the earliest and most vicious genocides of the Herero tribe.  Yet German street names remain.  Very surprising to someone who saw familiar English street names in Montreal get overwritten by French!

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