The story

That’s a water scorpion there with our dog, Sniffel.  He was more curious than horrified, like me, to have found it in our swimming pool.  They don’t sting (the long thing at the back is a snorkel), and aren’t really scorpions.  But they do suck the insides out of their prey, which confirms their creepiness, and are just one of the fun little things about life in Namibia.

I’m an American girl romantically entangled with a Namibian man.  I moved here to be with him with my three cats (a ridiculous story in itself) in 2010.  As it turns out though, Namibia and I don’t quite get along.  While I struggle to find my place in his cattle farm world (I was a vegetarian), learn the umpteen languages (studied Spanish in school, which is about as good as Sanskrit over here), build up my desert-heat tolerance (I’m from Michigan), and generally attempt to survive in “the land God made in anger”, I share the shenanigans here.  So come and join the fun, and please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.

P.S.  To read about my ventures into farming sustainably in Namibia, check out the desert schmesert page.

Cat meets chameleon


16 thoughts on “The story

  1. Hi,
    I just signed up after reading and posting on/About two of your stories. Just curious what is your name and where are you from in the states? Where in Namibia is the farm? Got gps coordinates for it? Have you read Alexandra Fuller’s book “Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight”? Take care,

  2. Hello,

    I am a casting producer on an American television show about people buying homes abroad. I came across your blog and I thought I would get in touch to tell you a bit about our program and see if you might be interested in being on our show.

    House Hunters International tells the story of people who have picked up their lives and moved to foreign and exotic locations to pursue a new life. Being on our show is a lot of fun for our participants and a great way for them to document their exciting search for a home and new life abroad.

    We’re currently looking to cast people who have bought/rented or are currently looking for a home in a remote or unusual location abroad. If you fit this qualification or know anyone who does, I would love to tell you more about the project. You can contact me at

    I look forward to hearing from you!



  3. Ran across your blog from the Expat Women site. Hilarious!! My boyfriend and I are moving from DC to Windhoek next month and I’ve been debating on bringing my wonderful cat Bob. I noticed you brought your 3 cats over and wonder how it went??? How’d you fly? How’d they fare? Etc… Any advice would be most appreciated!

    • Hi Caroline,

      It’s great to hear from you and I wish you the best of luck with the move. I flew with my cats from JFK to Joburg to Windhoek. But you can also fly out of DC with South African Airways. The trip was horribly stressful, for me at least. The cats pulled through ok and love it here in Nam. However, it took me quite a few months to get all the paperwork needed, I don’t think you’ll have enough time if you’re moving in a month. If you’re going to be in the country for a long time, it may be worth it to bring Bob over in the future. If it’s just a temporary stint, it would be better, not to mention cheaper, to leave him with a friend or family. I believe it is even harder to get animals into the US from Africa than vice versa.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  4. Hello! I am also an American girl who has moved to Namibia for love, except I am having an exceptionally hard time adjusting (probably due to the fact that we are way up north in the middle of nowhere and I do not know how to fill my long days that he is at work). Would be great if I could ask you some questions via email as I have been desperate to find someone in the same position as me!!

  5. Hi there! I am currently planning an imminent move to live on a farm in Namibia! Love your blog, particularly the Top 5 farm things to avoid! That really tickled me! Would love to know more about farm life I have lots of questions if you have time? Do you get my email from this post? Thanks, Rona.

  6. Greetings!

    I am an educational technology trainer in a small school district in Texas. I am trying to show how education can be spread throughout the globe and Namibia is a goal for my team. If there is anyway you could click on the iTunes U course link with an iOS device (iPhone,iPad, iTouch, etc) it would really make our school year.

    Thank you in advance for your time!

    • Hi Michael, Thanks for getting in touch. I’d be happy to help you out, but I unfortunately have none of the above mentioned devices. Guess I’m a little slow with the technology. Good luck with your project though, and let me know if I can help in any other way.

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