Zimbabwe

I've spent 7 of my last 12 years in Africa, traveling extensively in 17 countries on the continent. I first went in 1994 when I was an exchange student at the University of Zimbabwe (through a California State University program). That year at UZ was a fantastic learning experience; I had such a great time that I decided to stay in the country as long as I could. So I became a teacher at a ritzy high school, St. George's College, right next door the president's house. That gig lasted only 6 months, though, as the immigration officials did not deem that I had absolutely necessary skills for the country. Damn them!


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[ROCK ART - throughout southern Africa, beautiful rock art, like this at Domboshawa, adorns the landscape
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[ROCK ART - throughout southern Africa, beautiful rock art, like this at Domboshawa, adorns the landscape
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SERVANT'S QUARTERS - this is where I lived in Mabelreign, Harare (the capital) in 1994
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BACHELOR PAD - I obviously needed professional decorating advice
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EXCHANGE STUDENTS - we came as a group of 9 California State University students
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HARARE - the capital of Zimbabwe, as it looked in 1994
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ME IN 1994 - at Domboshawa with my trusty Tolstoy shirt
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DOMBOSHAWA - the beautiful area outside Harare

The Dubes

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FAITH - one of the first friends I made at the University of Zimbabwe
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TRUDY - this is Faith's younger sister, now the mother of my Godchildren
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TRUDY was sassy at 16
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AYANDA - Trudy's little boy, my Godson
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AYANDA is the cutest little guy

Rural Exposure - The Musoro Family

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HARRY MUSORO, a rural teacher, invited me to spend time with him and his family
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RURAL VILLAGE DWELLINGS
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CLERGY - Harry stands with the leaders of the church he belongs to
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FAITHFUL - church women and children before service
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ELDERS
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FAMILY
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MORE FAITHFUL
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ARCHITECTURE - while some rural dwellings are daub & wattle, many are now brick constructions
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THE MUSOROS
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MEAT ON A ROPE - I chose the celebratory meal myself
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SLAUGHTER - look away if this offends you, but Zimbabweans do know how to treat a guest
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TOUGH NECK
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BLOODED - we're all happy for the meal to come
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HARRY hangs the sheep for skinning
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SKINNING - Harry skins the sheep
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NYAMA - Harry & I prepare the fresh meat for our celebration

Culture

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University of Zimbabwe


Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park

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VICTORIA FALLS - called Mosi-oa-tunya in the local language, meaning "Smoke that Thunders"
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VIC FALLS is said to deliver 5 times more water than Niagara Falls
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HIPPOS glide by on the Zambezi River near Vic Falls
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Saint George's College


Great Zimbabwe


Callow Youth