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Archive for August, 2008

You can’t handle the cheese

August 29th, 2008

Following our previous culinary incident in which I was made to feel guilty for a cock-up in the restaurant kitchen, we thought that we would get our next meal from Livingstone’s Shoprite supermarket. I needed a break from the drunk, near-violent Angolan gemstone-smuggler who caught me off-guard as I was trying to buy underwear in […]

The Night of the Spicy Pears

August 28th, 2008

Communications are often problematic in Africa. By communications, I mean both telecommunications and verbal exchanges too. Tonight, we mooched over to the locally-run vegetarian restaurant to give them a second chance to make amends after this morning’s tea-with-ants breakfast incident. Squiffy ordered the Mexican wrap and I ordered the vegetable korma curry. As usual, the […]

Livingstone Island: High falls, high tea

August 27th, 2008

Wanting to continue the trip in style after our visit to Islands of Siankaba, we opted to have high tea on Livingstone Island. This is the island at the very top of Victoria Falls from where David Livingstone first saw the waterfalls and was reported to have said that ‘scenes so lovely must have been […]

Siankaba Village and Nursery

August 26th, 2008

Our main reason for journeying to Siankaba was to visit the village nursery, which is supported by the charity I worked with. At the moment the nursery is run from a temporary structure, but the guys at The U Foundation and Islands of Siankaba lodge are working towards building a permenant school for the children. […]

Livingstone: The Islands of Siankaba

August 25th, 2008

I recently wrote a post about how travelling is not a holiday. Here’s where I start to eat my words (and hopefully not make you, dear reader, too jealous!). We’ve just spent two nights in the most fabulous lodge accommodation, The Islands of Siankaba — voted Livingstone’s best lodge for two years running. So after […]

Africa Insight: Sorry I’m late…

August 22nd, 2008

As a child in the UK, we often used to make up excuses to explain to our school teacher why our homework was late, the classic being “Sorry I’m late, my dog ate my homework!”. The other day, our driver was over an hour late and he apologised: “Sorry I’m late, there were elephants on […]

Livingstone: Rafting the Mighty Zambezi

August 22nd, 2008

(Special Note: Happy Birthday Andrew!) Ever since I met Squiffy, she has yapped on about her amazing experience rafting the Mighty Zambezi river back in November 2000 with her previous boyfriend. At this time of year, the water-level is a lot higher than in November which means two things: 1) Of the 25 rapids, it […]

At the Zimbabwe border: A sad situation

August 21st, 2008

On our travels through Zambia, we’ve met several people from Zimbabwe. One was in exile, fearing for his life as he’d been accused of ‘committing journalism’, others are here to find food which is very hard to come by in Zimbabwe. Even if supplies are available, the economy in in such a state that any […]

Livingstone: Microlighting the Falls

August 20th, 2008

Rather than throw ourselves off the bungie bridge to get a good view of the falls, we took to the air in microlights. Squiffy was cool-as-a-cucumber before the flight and I was somewhat cacking myself (as is customary for me prior to undertaking an unnatural activity). Hilariously, once in the air, I relaxed into the […]

Livingstone: Victoria Falls, the smoke that thunders

August 19th, 2008

Livingstone is Zambia’s premier tourist town due in no small part to the mighty Zambezi river spilling over a hundred metres to form the majestic Victoria Falls. Getting here has left us with sore bottoms as the roads are often terrible in this part of the country — albeit not as terrible as our journey […]