Kolmanskop Namibi

Kolmanskop, Namibia: Things to Know Before You Go

By: Heather

Kolmanskop is an abandoned diamond mining town located in Southern Namibia in the Namib Desert. It is about 10 kilometers East of Luderitz on the B4 highway.

Zacharias Lewala, a railroad worker, discovered the first diamond in 1908. Once word got out diamonds were in the area, Kolmanskop grew into a prosperous mining town. The wealthy residents designed and built the town with German architecture in mind. The buildings were large, lavish and decorated with color and style in mind.
The town’s residents prospered for years, but after World War I, their luck started to collapse. The mines were eventually stripped dry and depleted of their resources. Families had to move and find work elsewhere.
The records state the town was officially abandoned in 1954. Since its abandonment, the property has slowly been reclaimed by the desert elements. The buildings sit in various degrees of decay and are filled with different levels of sand; some as high as the ceiling.

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Travelasics Ireland

Ireland – A Travelasics Guide

General:

The Republic of Ireland's Flag

THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S FLAG

  • Capital: Dublin
  • Population: ~4.6 million
  • Language: Irish, English
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Time Zone: UTC 0

Money: ATM’s can be found almost everywhere and are all linked to the central international money systems. Credit (Visa and MC) and Debit cards can be used virtually anywhere with the exceptions of some B&B’s in rural areas; that will only take cash. Chip and PIN cards are common and are now considered the norm. Only expect American Express to be accepted at major chains.

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