Feeding time for the crocs

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Cornflakes for breakfast for a second morning in a row. A treat I hadn't experienced since leaving England! BBC World Service news on the TV also. Yet another treat!

Headed out to the national museum that morning, not that interesting at all. In fact I would almost go as far as to say boring! A few pieces of rock, from stone age Zambia aparently, although looked like the stuff I find in my back garden. The usual array of stuffed animals, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary and a room with some of Dr. Livingstones posessions and some text on the wall that I could have read from a book.

I returned to Jollyboys for a swim in the pool and a lounge in the sun. Later that afternoon I headed out to a croc farm. The biggest guys weighted 1000lb. Fat bastard comes to mind! 3pm was feeding time and it was fun to watch them been thrown big chunks of meat.

Some guy we met at the hostel gave us a lift down to the Zambezi to watch the sunset. On the way back, in true African style, we ran out of petrol. Aparently this happens on a regular basis with taxis all over Africa, but this was the first time it had happened to me.

William, The driver, was on the phone to his friend who arrived 10 minutes later with a litre or so of petrol. They ingeniously, although probably something I'd recommend you don't do at home, smashed the bottom off an empty glass bottle on the road so they could us it as a funnel. Of course the remains just got left on the side of the road.

Got a tasty roast beef dinner that night and had a quiet relaxing evening. Chatted with Laura, an English girl I met in Lusaka and also Maria, Helle and Anne, the 3 Danes I also met in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania.

Found out one of the reasons that evening why the Zambia is quite expensive. The election are in September and typically all the previous elections in Zambia have been disasterous. In the last 6 months the exchange rate had dropped from 5200 per dollar to 3200 per dollar. The rate is expected to revert to normal on sucessful elections!
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