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Monday, March 29, 1999
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe:
Latitude: 20° 12' 54" South
Longitude: 28° 36' 2" East
Altitude: 4540 feet
From Seattle: 11374 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Backpacker's Paradise

Today's Travel:
Country: Zimbabwe
Region: Matabeleland South
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 718
Linear Dist: 139811
Countries Visited: 52
Regions Visited: 199
More stats...
Hotels: 203
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 100
Hostels: 193
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2765

Journal Entry:
Somehow manage to get up early but lounged around the hostel until eleven. Spent the day taking care of business (laundry, post office, bank, etc.). I tried to buy film but the visa network was down and I didn't have any cash. When I tried the ATM same problem. Eventually got a bank to cash a travelers check. Turned in the car for servicing (oil and a lube job), then spent the afternoon looking for an internet cafe. There are at least three, but they all use providers in Harare and the phone lines to the capitol are down. So we had a leisurely lunch then spent the late afternoon wandering all over town looking for email again.

The evening's entertainment was a movie! Only 35 Zim$ (< US$1) to get in! Dean and I went to see Jackie Chan's Who Am I, which was quite good and had the added bonus that it was all filmed in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Joy, Darrelle, and Brett went to see Kiss the Fool. On the way home we stopped for ice cream and happened to notice a video rental place next door so we ended up renting two videos (Small Soldiers and Mercury Rising).

Back at the hostel we packed up so we could get an early start, then watched the movies and enjoyed our nightly Amarula.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Zimbabwe
CIA World Fact Book: Zimbabwe

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