I always ponder the quote, “there are no rest stops on the road of life” for its core truth, but thankfully when traveling across the barren landscape of Namibia rest stops, although limited, do exist.
Yet, a stop in Solitaire provides more than just a chance to gas up, stretch the legs, hit the bathroom or get the latest travel news. A bakery bakes delicious cookies, sweets, and the best apple pie in town. Well, it’s an easy claim since it’s the only bakery in town, but the praise from our guide and other visitors intrigued.
Then we were told this is the best apple pie in Namibia; the best in Africa. Then the trump card – it’s better than America. Wait, what? As Namibian as apple pie? Ok, time to try a slice. I got on line and ordered a piece to share.
Waiting to order, I attempted to figure out the logistics. Where are the apples grown? How do they even arrive at this remote place? Our next stop was the Sossusvlei Lodge and the Red Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei, we were remote to say the least. I had no answers, so I stopped thinking about it. Sometimes experiences defy logic, plus this moment was a test for my sense of taste and logic was not required.
I received my slice and settled at a table in the outside courtyard. Whiffs of fresh baked goods filled up the old factory in the calm, comfortable climate. Within seconds, my fork broke through the crust and scooped up my first bite. Good. Wait. Really good. Another.
Another. Hmm. Another.
Not too sweet, plenty of apples, some soft crumbs, and some raisins made a good pie. Really good. Really, really good. To be honest, I am not sure I ever did have a better piece of apple pie. It’s definitely top 5 (but don’t ask me the other four).
Today, I can verify the claim, it’s definitely the best in town, the best piece of pie in Solitaire. It always amazes me, sometimes you just never know what you’ll find across the globe.
Stay adventurous, Craig