You might be thinking "what the hell is this title? Humility and tribes, what is the their correlation?" Stay with me.
On of the things I loved the most about Namibia was the greatness of the landscapes. You can drive for days after days and not see a single person. Only incredible infinite landscapes and wilderness.
The Centre-South of the country is more deserting, but as soon as you start exploring the Northern areas it becomes to be more and more greener. You have lot more trees and bushes. This is mainly due to the increase of groundwater, which allows more life to flourish.
As you can see from this picture, this offers lots more protection for animals and tribes. And here, on the North of the country, was the place we found more "wild" tribes.
Explore that extra mile and encounter the unexpected
The good thing about travel in full-autonomy (will do a dedicated article about it) is that you can drive to very remote places. And on this remote places we were able to find really native communities and tribes.
Most of them haven't seen a "white" human for long time. Probably the youth have never seen any but us.
Some of them enjoyed our visit, some just start to shoo us away. And appeared to be quite angry - most probably because they had a bad experience with previous encounters.
But with the tribes that accepted our stay on their land, the experience was marvellous! We couldn't speak Himba - for obvious reasons - and they couldn't speak English too. Communicating through gestures was also very difficult because both life experiences and backgrounds are so different that our standards differ considerably. And this was what triggered a really special moment during one of our offroad journey. Let me tell you this short episode.
Learn from every moment
I took with me in my luggage a few balloon packages. One would think that "all kids love them!" and would be great for wining sympathy and trust. However most of the tribal people we met have never seen balloons in their life. Some kids were really scared, some start immediately playing with them in a form of instinct, and some of them start biting them! Yeah! Biting them, trying to eat it! I believe it was because they saw me putting it on my mouth to blow them up.
That moment hit me hard.
I remember thinking to myself - with a bit of unconscious arrogance - "wooow these people is really far behind in time!".
And what a stupid thought. (pause) They are just adapted to their life circumstances and they are great at it!
Search a bit about the Himbas and find out for how long they survive at one of the world's most austere places to live.
So who is behind in time now?
You look around and you realize that if for some reason you get lost, you wouldn't survive the first two days.
- I can't hunt.
- I can't find water in such severe conditions.
- I can't make my own tools from the bushes.
- I can't build a teletransport machine from my iPhone either.
This was one of those moments that answer the Why We Travel? question. This experience on itself made my trip. It was just simply another humility-punch-in-the-face moment you get every time you dare to travel and get to know the world beyond your bubble.
When you share, when you give, when you connect, you fully embrace the moment. This helps you broaden your perspectives of the world you live in. This makes you a better person. Makes you grow as human.
So, isn't this why you travel?
Why do you travel? What episode do you remember that have you punched-you-in-the-face this way?
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