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Sunday, May 16, 1999
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
Start: Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe
Stop 1. City Center
End:Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linear:26 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 766
Linear Dist: 143960
Countries Visited: 55
Regions Visited: 221
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Hotels: 215
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 215
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2934
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Journal Entry:
Hung out at the hostel until eleven and caught a shuttle into town. A group of us went to the National Museum - it's free on Sundays. The museum was Ok. It was a bit of a disappointment in that less than half of it was even from Africa (mostly German and Australian), but of the stuff that was there I liked quite a bit of it. The museum shop was awesome, mostly original pieces but also lots of local crafts, and at surprisingly reasonable prices. I found a painting that I really liked, enought ath I think I'm probably going to buy it. It's bushman rockpainting style figures on rusting tin. There was also lots of objects d'art from around Africa - lot's from Ethiopia, and I realize that I'm going to spend a lot of money there!

Claudia and I walked around the Harare Central Gardens. It was a bit cool - the beautiful morning has turned into an overcast afternoon. There were a couple of smallish crafts markets in the gardens and I ended up buying a couple wire helicopters - much cooler than they sound. At somepoint I'm going to go crazy here and buy a lot of stuff to send home (since I have to ship my excess bagage home now that I'm out of the car I have the perfect excuse...).

Had a huge delicious lunch and a restaurant in town, then wandered through yet another crafts / souvinier market before catching a shuttle back. Took an afternoon nap, ate leftovers from lunch for diner and watched the begining of Austin Powers before heading for my room to work on my journal, email, and get to bed early.


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

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