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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

May 20, 2009

….Day 22 continued

On board the booze cruise at Victoria Falls.

On board the booze cruise at Victoria Falls.

In the afternoon, we were back in the truck and crossed the border into Zimbabwe. We camped in Victoria Falls, which is a really small town that seems to exist only because the Falls are there. Today was Jaehee’s birthday, so we all went on a riverboat booze cruise to celebrate. There were plenty of drinks to go around, and we had some really great sunsets once again.

A view of the sunset from the river boat.

A view of the sunset from the river boat.

A local brew.

A local brew.

The leader of the group, in the green shirt, tried to convince me that the CD was not worth it. I refused to listen.

The leader of the group, in the green shirt, tried to explain to me that their CD really was not all that good. I refused to listen to such nonsense.

Back at the camp, we had dinner waiting for us. While we were eating, a local group of singers came by the campsite to do some traditional dancing and singing. If I had had one less beer that night, I probably would not have bought the $20 CD.

Day 23

On Friday morning, we woke up early and headed to the local craft market to buy some souvenirs. Walking around Victoria Falls is really an event in and of itself for a tourist since you are asked to buy something every single step that you take. You can also trade for almost anything that you might want to buy, so when you refuse to buy something, the next thing they try to suggest to trade for your shoes, shirt, sunglasses, or anything else that you might happen to have with you.

Guy on the left, 1 out of 100 vendors, had a good day. Note goods held by guy on right.

Guy on the left, 1 out of 100 vendors, had a good day. Note goods held by guy on right.

We finally made it to the craft market, and were not thrilled to see that we were literally the only customers in a market of probably 100 stalls. That meant that every vendor in the place was pretty much staring at us the entire time, waiting for us to get to their shop.

After our brief stop at the craft market, it was time for our “adrenaline” experience. Lori and I, along with Mark, booked a 3-in-1 deal, which included the Flying Fox, Rip Cord, and Gorge Swing. The Gorge Swing was definitely the highlight of the three as it included a long vertical drop, followed by a swing out over the gorge.

On my way down on the gorge swing.

On my way down on the gorge swing.

Lori hanging over the middle of the gorge after doing the Flying Fox.

Lori hanging over the middle of the gorge after doing the Flying Fox.

A view of the gorge where we did our adrenaline activities.

A view of the gorge where we did our "adrenaline" activities.

After doing our death-defying leaps, we finally set off to the main attraction: Victoria Falls. The pictures that we took really don’t do it justice, but we tried:

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