Portland, Oregon as seen from cable car
Portland, Oregon as seen from cable car
  • Zimbabwe Harare
    • 05/10/2017
A couple of long drive days through Mozambique, with a sadly cloudy bush camp in the middle.
The poverty in Mozambique even more evident, more clay and straw huts and less brick.
Passing into Zimbabwe the land starts throwing up bulbous rock formations and hills, and the roads are frequently lined with blooming purple Jacaranda trees.
The suburbs of Harare are a monument to the glory days of colonialism: wide tree lined avenues with massive mid 20th century detached houses with pools and tennis courts - although everything has an air of neglect about it other than the large barb wire topped security walls surrounding each property.
Our hostel is located a few blocks away from "old Bob's" mansion, and we are warned not to take our cameras out near any governmental looking buildings.
Walking around the city feels safe, and local taxi / minibuses are 50 cents for a ride anywhere, which is great in contrast to private taxi fares, food, etc, which are all at western prices.
They use US dollars, alongside local "bond" notes worth up to $5. All the $1 bills on circulation have been worn so much they are barely readable!
In the afternoon visited the Balancing Rocks, an area of interesting naturally occurring formations.
Unfortunately being a Monday, galleries and museums were closed, but it was interesting just walking around the city centre, where street vendors sell everything under the sun and school kids pass by in super cute uniforms with blazers and hats.


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