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Baking in the Middle of Nowhere

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Moose corrects me as we chat, “It’s not even a town or a village, don’t call it that; it’s more of a pit-stop, really." Solitaire, Namibia, the pit-stop he calls home, is nothing more than a general store, a small lodge, his bakery, and the only gas station for many, many miles. This makes Solitaire an inevitable stop for travelers driving to Soussvlei from Swakopmund or Windhoek. Moose bakes one of the best apple strudels I’ve ever eaten and makes Solitaire worth a visit even if your vehicle has a full tank.

The sun is hot, even at daybreak, and beats down on the vintage tractor and automobiles lining the pathway into Solitaire. The fat cacti and the kitschy general store all add to its undeniable charm. This quirky pit-stop is the perfect photo opp and will linger on your mind long after you continue your journey into the Namib Desert.

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by Marie Frei
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