Just before I left for Namibia in May 2014, I initiated this altered book project "The Namibians" to try to uncover what I thought I knew about this African nation and more broadly, what general expectations I had about traveling to the continent of Africa for the first time. I examined my assumptions about Africa by altering a copy of the book, entitled, “The Africans” by David Lamb. It was written in the 1980’s when I was just a young kid and celebrity “aid to Africa” songs like “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” were at the top of the charts. For me, Lamb's book was a time capsule of how educated, well-meaning Westerners in the 80’s viewed “The Dark Continent” during its post-colonial period, and I reacted very strongly to it. It was a rich resource for examining my own misconceptions about African colonial past and postcolonial present as I explored the history of a recently formed African nation like Namibia, where ecotourism is an important piece of the economy. Once I began my journey around this vast country, meeting Namibians and exploring amazing landscapes through my role as “Western ecotourist,” the journal was my private space to reflect on everything I was experiencing. Back home that summer, I spent hours finishing the journal as I processed the connections between what I thought I knew about Namibia and Africa before I left, and what I actually experienced during my travels.