Getting Out of Harare, a Bit

Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Well, I'm still in the middle of Zimbabwe, and life is still good, at least for everyone at Kufunda. All prices went up again last week, and the US dollar is now worth a third more than it was when I arrived a month ago. Everyone is wondering if there is any limit to this inflation. A phone call to the US is now 60% more than it was a month ago.

The Learning Journey officially started last week with the arrival of two Americans, two New Zealanders, and a South African. We've been having learning circles and plenty of good conversations non-stop. Everyone brings a piece of the great puzzle. We took a field trip to Highfield, a Harare ghetto, where we met some righteous youths fighting to make a difference in their community with permaculture, art and wisdom as their weapons. Another field trip took us to Zvimba, one of the rural communities that Kufunda works with. We were greated with much song, dance and mbira beating (not to mention loads of guavas). It was real Zimbabwe for sure.

Tomorrow, we're taking one more field trip to Rusape, another community Kufunda is working with, before spending some time in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe. I'm looking forward to all the mushrooms and fruit.

I've been learning to shake the waosho while Divha beats the mbira and we're sounding really good. Tuesday I'm on my way to Malawi through Mozambique. (Getting my transit visa through Mozambique is quite a headache [$20 and two passport photos], but at least I started the process on time.)
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