Africa – Zambia – 2017 -Victoria

Oct, 8,2017  We leave Victoria falls behind us tomorrow and head for Botswana. We will be staying on an island out in the bush again. We will be learning about another culture. Perhaps no electricity or internet once more.

Thunder and lightening today, but  no real rain to speak of. There are many talented artists here in Victoria, painters and carvers of stone and wood. The markets are full of beautiful paintings. Sadly, the tourists can only buy and carry so much with them on their journeys.

The rainy season starts in November and they need all of the rain that they can get. Subsistence farming is the norm here. Most families raise just enough food to survive on with a little cash left over to buy cooking oil and others needed items.

The land is full of rocks and giant boulders. It is a very tough life here at best. Eleven more days to go. We will have four days in Cape Town.

We have visited several schools on our African adventure. The company that we travel with gives some of their proceeds to these schools to help maintain them. The children look well cared for and are very friendly and polite. We just hope that their futures are as bright as they are.

There are rumblings here about the coming election and political unrest. The people who supported Mugabe wanted his wife to run and take over. There were obviously different factions involved, just like back home in the U.S. There was no cooking oil in the markets as we left town. Things were spinning out of control a bit as we left.

We were asked not to ask questions about the politics until we left the country. There are said to be many spies about and it is unwise to speak publicly about these issues.

There are people selling local currency on the streets for dollars as their currency has become inflated and virtually useless. The currency actually has an expiration date printed on it. It takes millions in the local currency to buy anything and the notes are numbered accordingly.

There are monthly restraints on how much money can be withdrawn from savings accounts at this time. The amount is equivalent to $20.00 U.S. per month. Many people keep their money in banks in neighboring countries.

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