Staying at a Zimbabwean family in the capital

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Where I stayed
Brian's and Memory's place

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Monday, August 15, 2011

The English father and daughter dropped me at the main road and after 5 minutes I had a lift to Nyanga where I got another lift back to Mutare. The lifts are not free and you pay the same amount normally. Back in Mutare I got a shower, packed my bag and said goodbye to Martin and thanked him for his hospitality. Time to go to Harare where I met with Brian which I met earlier on the bus to Nyanga and who invited me to his place if I would go to Harare. Since the cheapest accommodation is $20 (!?!) this was a very inviting offer. I met with Brian, his wife Memory and their 3 year old daughter Haley and later with Brian's brother  Minox. Had the traditional Sadza (a.k.a. Ugali/Xima/Zsima) at their home together with vegetables and beef before I went to bed.

Next day checked out the city with Brian and Minox and met with some friends of them. They were very kind for me and hence I also tried to assist them where I could for example in cooking (on a fire since there was no electricity).

When reading about Harare it should be a very attractive city but for me it is nothing special if I am being honest. But maybe on a Saturday night my feelings will be different since the city comes to life in the weekend. I decided to drop most of my stuff at Brian's house, go to Great Zimbabwe and Bulawayo (2nd biggest city of Zim) and turn back on Saturday to have a good night out with the guys.   

Practical stuff

- Hitchhiking is a normal thing in Zimbabwe and many people just take a ride in stead of the buses. The costs are about the same but if you hitch (in general) you are faster at your destination.
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