Full up for Easter Friday - Jollyboys saves day

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
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Trip End Jun 12, 2006


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Friday, April 14, 2006

Day 3 on the buses and a nice early start with a trip to the bank, a coffee before heading back to the bus station.

Lusaka, the capital of Zambia seemed like a nice city and with some affluence. I even spotted a subway, things are also a little more expensive than Malawi. I've always found the best way to measure affluence is through the basic food groups, beer, chips and donuts. In this case beer was up from 80c to $1.60. Donuts and chips, up to 30c from 8c. Buses and taxis also cost a tad more.

The buses to Livingstone were all sold out, I'd forgotten it was Easter time. The lady at the information desk said rather sheepishly, 'Would I mind taking a minibus?'. Sure I said wondering what the hell I was getting myself into, but after Uganda I knew I was capable of handling anything. The journey was fantastic and it turned out to be the safest and most comfortable minibus I'd been on so far!

The usual fields of maize turned to sugar cane, the first I'd seen since leaving Uganda. I liked the people here also, they were all very friendly and like Mozambique there was no sales pressure, you either take it or leave it.

I thought I was going to have a nightmare finding accommodation. Everywhere in my guide book was full, again due to Easter. The cheapest places were over $50 per night, way over my usual $10 backpacker specials. On a whim I called one of the cheapo backpackers back to ask for any suggestions and luckily and dorm room had become available for the nice price of $6 per night!

Livingstone was where Victoria Falls were situated and it also a major adventure/adrenaline junky centre. Jollyboys was the name of my backpackers, and it was all very quiet and civilized until a crowd arrived back from the $30 all you can drink booze cruise on the Zambezi. Bloody hell was a set of piss heads I wish I could have been there! There were also a good number of gap year students here. Maybe this was a sign of things to come for the rest of the trip down to Cape Town and beyond - God help me.
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