Victoria Falls

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Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

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There’s Mike in there.  He was like the Pied Piper with his video camera.

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He found quite the following amongst the school kids!

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With his own kids too!

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We were so excited to take our first road trip out of Lusaka.  It has been a long four months waiting for our car, which finally arrived the day before Thanksgiving.  It went from Baku to Belgium before getting on a boat to South Africa, and we were grateful for its eventual arrival in Zambia.  Taking a 6-hour drive to re-warm the engine seemed like just the right thing :).

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Mike made egg sandwiches for the car, we had lots of good music, and we were happy to arrive and check into our room at the Green Tree Lodge.

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All accommodations in Zambia are called “lodges” or “camps.”  None of this “hotel” business.  I guess it is meant to add to the sense of rustic adventure that brings tourists to Africa.  Most of them are crazy expensive, like $1000 a night expensive, but the Green Tree was just $70 a night including breakfast.  And it was awesome!

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Bunk beds for the boys, mango trees, a yard full of guinea fowl and flowers, and the friendliest owners you can imagine.   Andrew, the owner and chef, made the boys pancakes for breakfast!

Our first night we took a boat ride down the Zambezi River.

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This is really Africa.  We will not be swimming in the Zambezi River.

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As a thunderstorm rolled in, Mike took a few pictures.  Maybe he should work for National Geographic?

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The water stayed peaceful for us though, and afterward we had an Indian Feast at the Golden Leaf Restaurant in Livingstone.  We sat outside and listened to the rain, and were grateful that all the restaurants here bring you bug spray.  It’s really nice.

The next day we walked across a bridge to Zimbabwe.  The water at VIctoria Falls is low right now, but the spray was high enough to cool us off, and for Mike to get some good footage for his video.  We were so hot!

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So hot that we had to buy drinks and chicken.

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Not McDonald’s, but Mike was still close to heaven.

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We discovered the delicious Blue Marlin beer from Mauritius.  Who knew that Mauritius had it’s own beer?  Where exactly is Mauritius?

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Overall it was a pretty perfect trip.

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Visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World, learning about a new country and its culture, and getting away from work for a while.  The challenge to know Zambia and understand what it means to be African is different than what we faced in the former Soviet Union.  Sometimes the size of the world still shocks me.  It seems small when we can fly airplanes around it, and call our families on Vonage, and find Doritos and Coke in every grocery store.  But then I look at the life around us and I think wow, I am a long way from understanding the big picture.

Maybe better to focus on the small picture.

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