Tennis and Poetry

Trip Start May 03, 2011
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Trip End Jan 31, 2013


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Paradise Backpackers

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

In general one has two options to get to a place: by bus or by hitching. I did the latter and after waiting for 30 minutes I was picked up by a 'Philips Let's make things better' bus. Funny that this happened and I thanked Georg for picking me up. He brought me halfway and got me on another bus to Bulawayo. I stayed at Paradise Backpackers which was the cheapest (but still expensive) place, $10 for camping! Walked around in the nice city center of Bulawayo and updated my travel stories on the internet.In the evening went for a drink and met with 2 Zimbabwean guys who took me to a place called 'Jocks & Saddle' where I enjoyed myself with those guys and the other people around.

Next day didn't do much except for playing a tennis match against the local tennis trainer (I lost) and after that to a 10 year old boy (I just won...). But believe me he was really good hahaha... In the afternoon met with Nokuthula, a Zimbabwean girl which I contacted on Couchsurf. She is writing poetry and on this specific day she had her first public poetry event which took place in the Sportsbar. I only knew her for 2 hours but was very proud of her performance and all the other poets (all men) where congratulating her with the amazing piece she communicated to the audience. Met with some friends of her and had a lot of discussions for about 2 hours with them which was really cool. Apparently Zimbabweans like discussing all kinds of topics so I didn't mind joining them in that. Ended the night watching a live band and went to her father's house where I could spend the night. Next morning said goodbye and made a very nice picture of us with her on Dutch clogs (klompen) which her father bought in The Netherlands when he was there.


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