Day 13

Trip Start Dec 04, 2010
Trip End Jan 18, 2011

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Flag of Zimbabwe  , Harare,
Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday, December 20th 
Its 6:30 and the house is quiet.  Only Saidi and me stirring.  Have I mentioned Saidi?  He is Debbie's mom's cook and "house boy".  I'm sure I'm gaining weight thanks to this chap.  He sets a proper table, complete with place mats and cleverly folded "serviettes" at every meal.  It makes for an odd day to not have to plan for a single meal. No prep, no cooking, no clean up!   Leaves loads of time to journal, sketch, paint, play games with the kids, chase lizards with my camera, and so many other novel leisurely activities!  We are having an incredibly restful time!  Well, except for the afternoon that we chased down the elephants.  I promise I'll write that story when I have a minute.  I think I am still processing the trauma. :-)
This morning we are leaving early to go into the town of Kariba and then across the dam wall, to Zambia, to get our passports stamped.  We sent to the Zim embassy in October to get a multiple entry visa that is good for six months.  But when we arrived they stamped our passports for one month. So we have to leave the Country and return to get another thirty day stamp.  Deb's mom, Kathy said that they are doing that to everybody.  No more than a thirty day stamp for anybody.  The government here has people in such turmoil that it is overwhelmingly sad and unjust.  Ours is but a slight inconvenience.  The suffering people endure here, at the hands of their government, is frightful!
Anyway, I need to get moving because we have a full day in town.  I will tell you about the town of Kariba after our visit.  Hope to do a little Christmas shopping for the boys while we are there.  We'll see what I find!  Bye for now.
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