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Day 80 – Christmas Cards and Booze

11th December 2011

overcast 24 °C

We visited the Livingstone Museum which was both fascinating and very well laid out. It taught us all about the cultures and history of Zambia and Africa as whole. A large section on David Livingstone including many original letters that brought to life the idea of arriving here as the ‘first white man’ to see the falls when only a series of small villages existed. Also in the museum we saw some prints of work by a local artist that Laura fell in love with. They were too expensive at the museum though and so began a mission to find one Mr. Benjamin Mibende.

Outside we wandered the markets for Christmas cards and interest. We bought hot corn on the cob from a street seller and stopped for an early beer in a random bar, much to the bemusement of the locals. We bartered for a couple of bottles of wine, one a Casillero Del Diablo for five dollars and the other, a Zimbabwean blend, 2005 vintage, for the same price; cheaper than Tesco’s. We had a chat with the guys and drank some ‘Shake-Shake’ Chibuku with them, commercially brewed maize beer with bits still in it. It went like this: drink, wretch, chew, screw face, drink more to prove you’re not weak, chew, fake smile, hold on to your stomach as it rises to your throat, re-chew those bits that just reappeared, then slug off the rest taking care not to breathe, chew or taste. Next, wipe your mouth, smile and say “That’s blinkin’ disgusting... you should drink more wine.”
Back at the hostel we drank one bottle of red, corked, Zimbabwean wine from 2005. At least there was no chewing involved.

Posted by ibeamish 04:37 Archived in Zambia

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