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Wednesday, May 19, 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: Overcast / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 769
Linear Dist: 144038
Countries Visited: 55
Regions Visited: 221
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Hotels: 218
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 215
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2943
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Journal Entry:
Woke up early and watched the clock count down to the alarm time, fell asleep ten minutes before the alarm was set for and woke up 40 minutes late (alarm didn't go off, or didn't wake me). Rushed, but still missed the eight o'clcokc shuttle into town. Julio (the manager / owner? of the lodge) aranged for me to get a ride in around nine. I needed to meet Dean, Brett, and Darrelle to pick up the rest of my gear from the Land Rover, so I ended up getting a ride directly to their camp. Dean had been out for a major night last night and was still unconcious. Hung out with Brett and Darelle until Dean was up (still plastered). Cleared out my junk - no idea how I'm going to ever get back into one backpack!

Caught a taxi back into the City Center and hung out at the cafe waiting for the twelve o'clock pickup. Met Claudia while waiting and the weather started to clear up. We decided to send my gear back to the lodge on the suttle, and walk down to the National Crafts Center. The Crafts Center is in a strange part of town - doesn't look the safest and we were definitely the only white people in the area. No other toursit in the Center, and the prices were reasonable, but there wasn't anything that exciting. I bought an Elephant toy and we headed back to town. On the way to the pick up spot I stopped and bought a great wire dinasaur from a gallery (I'd seen it before), it was relatively expensive (~$15), but I wanted it. Caught the four o'clock shuttle back to hostle.

Claudia convinced me to go an a Mana Pools tour. It's a four day flying tour and hits the National Park and Lake Kariba. It leaves on Friday so I'll try to book it tomottow morning.


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

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