Headed to Zimbabwe

I’m in the Seattle airport part way on a trip half way around the world.  For about the fourth time in just over a year.

What the heck am i doing?

In January and February of last year i was in Peru and Ecuador.  Then two trips to China in the time since.

Now I’ll be in South Africa on Saturday.  I have a 12 hour layover there.  Pepper and Jordan will be meeting me there and then we’ll fly to Harare, Zimbabwe together.

I like my friend Orin’s stance on travel – no regrets about spending money to travel.  He’s right.  And I’ve got a honeymoon trip to Central America that we’re planning.

Anyway – this trip.  We’re meeting Brooke (a friend of pepper’s from the school in China) who has been working outside of Harare for a year.  In the last 10 years, Zimbabwe has transformed from the “breadbasket of Africa” to a country of corruption, runaway inflation, and food and fuel shortages.

Sounds like an adventure!  We’ll be visiting Victoria falls, going to a park where we can ride elephants and walk with lions, and seeing a bit of Botswana and Zambia along the way.

It is just a quick trip – but i’m sure it will be great.  It is a new continent for me, a few countries (I should be setting foot in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Senegal)  and we have a new camera for the family to document our adventure – a Nikon D90.  Expect some far superior photos!

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Ryan "Zieak" McFarland dabbles. Beards. Making things. Travel. Genealogy. Frugality and excessiveness. Fitness and fatness. He's a PE teacher in India, usually calls Alaska home and is a happy father to two boys and the husband to a suddenly crafty wife.


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