Thanks for the recent show of interest in the book – The Deep Sand of Damarland – A Journal of Namibia.
Below are a few photos of Namibia from the book.
This book is a simple tale about living and working in an African country – it’s also about the power of shifting how we think.
Within days of arriving to work in Namibia, I was flustered, semi-despondent and ready to resign. My girlfriend lived on a different continent, the project I was assigned to manage was a mess, the boss skipped out to another country and told me to deal with visitors to the project, and I lived in a hot remote town in an alien land.
But I stayed. After all, there was nothing to lose. That realization was relaxing. When I regarded the job and situation as a playful challenge, reality seemed to bend itself to accommodate desires.
During these months I met intriguing characters – a German bicyclist who recalled – with joy – the adventure of getting mugged in a distant city, or cowboy contractors who could have been plucked from a storybook.
(“…he told me how as a boy, he lived rough and wild and used to ride out to the bush on horseback to lasso giraffes.”)
The more I relaxed, the more the entire scenario became like a dream. Desired friends and situations began appearing from nowhere. By throwing away the notion of an ‘ideal’ life and embracing free time, open space, and a mesmerizing landscape (plus the odd and random sighting of elephants or giraffes), living off the beaten track turned magical.
You can click here to read more about The Deep Sand of Damarland.