Competition

It's getting competitive at Urbancamp.

Nyati used to be ze only overland mobile home drawing attention.
Plenty of "overland busses", rooftop specials…trailers… stuff like zat… but now…

A monster, double axled, 6 wheel drive Unimog came rolling in from Switzerland…
350 high tech horse power wrapped in a mean looking aluminium body.
I zought I could hear ze computers arguing…humming over ze rumbling of ze engine…

A very cool machine.

Nyati hadn't even settled down after a fit of envy before, bugger me, in growled an ex Dakar rally support vehicle…
A seriously sick TRUCK Man, oh yeah.

Zis MAN truck was obviously on steroids, used in the 2013 rally und, except for ze new (tiny) accommodation module, was in original condition straight from ze Volkswagen factory…
Detlief, told me he had 8 more overlander trucks like zis, at home, in Deutschland…

"It's my hobby", he said.
"Really¬† ?… Don't let Nyati know".
"Ja, und my sons have some too"… Loudly.

A nice guy, Detlief, but zis wasn't going well…

Nyati wanted to move to anozer site…

I wanted to use ze on-board toilet, have a nice long hot shower und cook a roast in ze oven while watching a DSTV replay of "Ze last days of ze reich" on ze HD, flat screen TV. while laying on my big, "Saint Claire" double bed from home.
I casually walked back und forz from ze back into ze cab a few times…
Sat und swivelled in ze chair a bit…
You know… "lookit me, I don't even have to get out, to get ein beer".

One zing we DID learn is zat ze Swiss have less, if it's possible, of a sense of humour zan ze Germans.

Ze Gypsy sidled over to ze big Moggie und casually ran ze fingers over one of ze fuel tanks, und while rubbing ze fine dust between ze zum und ze forefinger,  asked Herr Swiss, "How do ze komputers manage in ze desert dust" ?

Zere wasn't time to reply before Frau Swiss was washing ze whole damn tank mit great vigour und determination.

Zat was zat… No more polite small talk.
Hee Hee.

I swear I heard Nyati's exhaust brake…
Burp, burp burp.

But ze day wasn't over yet…

Just as Frau Swiss finished straightening ze carpet under ze stairs, und started washing ze Moggie's high lift exhaust stain off ze cab, into camp comes ze ultimate mobile home…

Ein houseboat… Eish… Now zis is getting ridiculouz.

Anozer nice guy on his way to ze Chobe…
He lives in Luderitz, so we were virtually related.
Oh ja… He had a beautiful watch dog travelling mit too…
Guess what it was…
A bloody big GERMAN Shepherd…
What else… Hey hey… Nice doggie.

Ze Deutsch DO view Namibia as ein home from home… But zey certainly make ze most of everyzing zey do here…
Zey are meticulous… Zo "Un-African".

I'm a little conzerned zat eich bein influenced by zis cloze azoziation mit zem.
Achtung, Achtung… Anozer grosse beir bitte… Hee hee.

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