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.