Sunday, 31 March 2013

Africa

Africa-South Africa-Johannesburg. I did not manage to see any of this city. I was on a connection flight from Cape Town to Livingstone in Zambia. 

Posted at the airport in Jo'burg. 

Africa-Zimbabwe-Victoria Falls. Just across the border from Zambia. I seen the falls from this side as well as the Zambia side. With the crazy exchange rate everything was a high price. Went to have afternoon tea in the Victoria Falls hotel. While having  tea an American couple were having a hard time with the waiter and the bill. I asked if I could help.They had got a bill in Zimbabwe dollars = to 40 USD for afternoon tea for two. The did not want to pay with the credit card as the bill would have had lots of zeros and they were afraid how much it could end up on their bill when they got home. I said have you got 15USD? They said they had. I said just pay them that in cash. It wont go near any till that is for sure. So that sorted that out. They were looking for 10 USD for a coke. Remember this was 2005.. Glad to get back to the Zambia side. 

Well here is a story and a half. Went to the Post office with about 5 USD to buy some stamps. They would not take USD, I had to change it outside. I did manage to find someone to change. The money was like Monopoly money. You could have printed it yourself. Back to the post office and offered 2 USD for 2 sets of stamps. I got the first stamp worth Z$50 then they told me the total was Z$40,000. I thought I heard it wrong. I said you need 40, thousand ? Yes. Surprise they had stamps that came up to this value.  I think each postcard was about 2.50 USD in stamps. Inflation was bad here. 

Africa-Zambia-Livingstone. Named after David Livingstone. Just on the border with Zimbabwe. I enjoyed my few days here. Safe and no hassle. 

A definitive stamp from  Zambia. Not much choice in stamps from the Post office in Livingstone. It was a large Post Office. 

Africa-Zambia-Livingstone  This is Victoria Falls from the Zambia size.  When I was there  it was full of water. You have to go at the right time or you may see no water. One of those 'must see' sights. A joint World Heritage Site with Zimbabwe.

A postmark from Livingstone. 

Africa-Zambia-Livingstone  Took at trip on the Zambezi river.  It really was a bit like the African Queen  from the movie. 

I can't remember if there was a sunset or not. 

A postmark from Livingstone. Could do with a clean . 

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