The other exchange students and I were invited to go to Bulawayo by a girl who previously went on exchange to Mexico. We took a 6 hour bus ride to the other city and were picked up by Jamie and her mom. Bulawayo is much like Harare but with less tall building,people and potholes. Almost every road was lined with Jacarandas. Every night we helped to cook dinner and we got to meet her family and talk about the lives we would live in our home countries. The first day we prepared breakfast and then drove to a park to have a picnic. When we were there we walked around while taking photos of us wearing our flags and a church choir saw us and called us over. Somehow we ended up being in their music video singing Ndebele songs (at least attempting to) and then on their album cover as well. We played the ukulele, listened to music and ate lots of Zimbabwean food, We got picked up and prepared the house for Jamie'd birthday party where we met all of her class mates and friends. It was so crazy, I met a kid who moved to Colorado with his family from Zimbabwe and he had been to Durango before and had skied at Purg and I started crying when I met his from excitement. It was so comforting meeting someone that knows a place that you do as well. We stayed in Bulawayo from Friday to Tuesday morning and every day we ,met new people and learned more about Zimbabwe culture and its traditions.
My host Family took me on a weekend trip to a town in Zimbabwe called Kariba, its a six hour drive from Harare where I am staying. ON our way we passed many beautiful places and also drove pass many Baboons. I got a bit freaked out when I looked out my window and say a baboon sitting right next to me but my host family didn't seem to be phased. As we continued our six hour drive I started to get a bit more used to seeing wildlife. On the road we were mostly driving through the country side where there are mostly Thatched roofed homes. We got to Kariba checked into our lodge put down our stuff and then drove to the highest point in the town which looked over the lake which at one point was the largest man-made lakes in the world. We stayed there until sunset and visited churches and stores. We then went back to the lodge and came back the next morning to take a sail boat cruise around the lake all day and to see the Zambezi river where I was almost detained when I didn't have my passport with me. I fell in love with the community here and the people and I was able to see the crocodile farm,elephants,hippos,baboon,Chinoi caves and Zambia.
A Year abroad in Zimbabwe
September 17th-October 17th