Are you wondering what it’s like to go to a far away country like Zimbabwe? Have you heard rumors and wondered about the economy? The political climate? Do you wonder what it would be like to go on a safari and see the animals (aren’t they roaming the streets anyway?) Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a zoo and a game reserve? Would it be interesting to take a peek into my relationships from home? Join me for a virtual tour of all these aspects from my recent trip to my homeland, Zimbabwe.
My parents' home from the gate
Back of the house from the tennis court. Yards are huge in Zim!
It's customary for young girls to hold a dish of soapy water for the adults to wash hands before a meal - serving men first
Meals are an important social component. You will always be offered tea (with goodies) or a meal when you visit.
Family is close knit in ZIm. Celebrating Mum's birthday. Uncle (standing on the left) gives an address.
Me in traditional dress, worn at special occasions (Mum's birthday dinner) - Christmas gift from Mum. Thanks!
At the Castle
Auntie and Uncles home, affectionately dubbed "The Castle" (you can see why) is always a stopover for family getting together
Lots of places for the kids to play!
My two daughters and their cousin always have a blast when they get together!
Family is such a joy! Me and my nephew and cousins (the guy is my cousin's hubby, but in Zim culture, he's my cousin now)
Me and my girls at The Castle
Family, family & more family and food!
Nothing eliminates stress like barking with your nephew!
My sister Nyasha's gorgeous spirit just shines through. In 3 weeks she & I didn't have ONE argument or anything even close. Can you say that about your siblings?
Happy to be home!
Zim is famous for soapstone sculptures. Hmm...what the heck is that supposed to be?
After Nyasha & I had exploded into uprorious cackles, Auntie finally solved the mystery - it's a man holding a GOURD! Who holds a gourd like that????
Main Street, Harare
Sculpture in Harare
On Safari at Pamuzinda (pronounced “Pah-moo-zih-ndah”)
On Safari at Pamuzinda Lodge
Mom rented us the Royal Lodge
This was our fabulous hideout
December is rainy season so everything is lush and green
Pamuzinda Safari Lodge - awesome getaway an hour from Harare
Drummers announced every meal & chefs tended to our every need
Zim is below the equator so December is summer time. Flip flops, sun dresses and swimming pools!
Lions growling. Yikes!
Let's go horse riding!
Vervet Monkey - the most common in Zimbabwe
Spike the Warthog likes to sleep nightly by the fire
Why - he's harmless! Not!
Warthog in the wild...by the lodge door
Eek! Rhino Skull
Zimbabwe Bird - The Fish Eagle
Baby elephants weight 130lb at birth. My baby weighed 7lb
Adult African elephants live to be about 60
The Flame Lily is the national flower of Zimbabwe
Had to have a separate truck and driver for the luggage - thanks to Cousin Marshal for lending us his!
See why it needed its own car?
Johannesburg, South Africa
Breakfast at Wimpy
Marimba players seranade you at dinner at the Tribes Restaurant at the Emperor's Palace, Jo'burg
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