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Friday, May 14, 1999
Harare to Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe:
Latitude: 17° 58' 7" South
Longitude: 31° 0' 7" East
Altitude: 5034 feet
From Seattle: 11390 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Shoestring Backpackers

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Today's Travel:
Country: Zimbabwe
Region: Greater Harare
Path:Harare - Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linear:13 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 764
Linear Dist: 143908
Countries Visited: 55
Regions Visited: 221
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Hotels: 213
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 215
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2929
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Journal Entry:
Up very early, my roommates were up even earlier and were discussing loudly. Checked email, got one from Claudia recommending a different hostel. Called the hostel and found that I could have a single for exactly half of what I'm paying for a dorm bed with snorers.

Went into town to start on the visas. Kenya won't issue a visa without proof of onward passage - which I don't have, and don't even know when / how I'll be leaving Kenya. So I'll have to arrange the visa in Dar El Salam. So then there's a twenty minute hike to the Tanzanian embassy, where I need to have fifty dollars in American currency to apply. So then it's back past Kenya's embassy to a forex where I buy two twenties and a ten. Back to the embassy, an easy form, a three minute meeting with someone, and the command to come back at two. Now since I can't find an embassy for Madagascar, and Kenya won't give me a visa I'm done with visas - my main reason for being in Harare.

I wander around town and find an internet cafe and spend some time with email (sending stuff I'd already written), and getting my journal updated. Picked up the completed visa (at least one success), and caught a taxi back to the hostel. Make some phone calls to determine that there is a free shuttle to this other hostel (it's a ways out of town), pack, say goodbye, and head out to meet the shuttle at a cafe at the city center. At the cafe there is Claudia waiting for the shuttle as well! The first shuttle is full so four of us wait for the second one which when it comes is the back of a pickup truck (when in Rome...). The hostel is very nice, more like a resort for backpackers (swimming pool, tennis courts, bar, giant tv lounge, etc.). Have diner at the hostel - there is no where else here, and to bed in my lovely - quiet - single.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Harare
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Zimbabwe
CIA World Fact Book: Zimbabwe

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