Namibians are very proud of their homeland. It is a developed country (albeit yet a developing country) with all contemporary conveniences and technology. Namibians have been exposed to a remarkably diverse range of peoples as a result of the United Nations’ oversight of the elections, as well as different volunteer groups. They aren’t bothered by Westerners wearing shorts or ladies wearing trousers. It is not unusual to see Afrikaners strolling about with thick, knee-high socks (which prevents snakes from obtaining a good bite) and shorts. When welcoming someone, it is usual to inquire how they are. It’s a basic interaction in which each person asks, “How are you?” (or the local variation, “Howzit?”) and replies with a similarly brief response before proceeding with whatever your business is about. It’s a good idea to do this at tourist information booths, marketplaces, while getting into taxis, and even in Windhoek shops (though it’s not usually done in some of the larger stores in the malls).