The desert takes off

At 5700 meters MSL, the first warnings sounded in the computer yesterday. The vario was at the stop and the cloud base was far from being reached, but the cover of the glider flying area of Namibia at flight level 195 was approaching very quickly.

On Christmas Day Namibia offered a dream sky with the high clouds that were also arranged in lines over stretches – but unfortunately only in the afternoon. It took patience until the Kalahari had heated up for these high-reaching thermals. Those who started early were forced to struggle in rough lifts under the blue sky, which at first did not reach higher than 1000 meters above ground. After the heat treatment at almost 35 degrees Celsius in the basement, you could freeze in the cloud shade when the outside temperature was well below zero.

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The rainy season is approaching

It's getting showery in southern Namibia. As the season progresses, the Inertropical Convergence Zone advances southward. In this air mass, showers and thunderstorms are now announced again and again.

Saturday is Braai day

This is already a tradition in Bitterwasser. There will be a barbecue on Saturday evening. Then Daniel, who has just stood in for chef Louis in the kitchen for two weeks, is the master at the fire.