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Feb 18, 2015 - First Stop... Zimbabwe!

We wanted to introduce you to the main portion of our trip which will be spent at the Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe through TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). This part of the trip is in fulfillment of an internship requirement through our cross-cultural nursing minor through Cedarville. Because of this an instructor and two other students will be accompanying us. We will be in this hospital from about May 4th-28th spending time in their inpatient and outpatient units, operating room, and labor and delivery ward. They already...

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Mar 20, 2014 - March 20 Thursday

Good morning everyone! This will be my second time trying this so it might be shorter. Hope you got pics. It's very difficult to add pics as the net keeps cutting out and it takes a really long time to download. Yesterday we stayed around here swam in the pool and gwalked down to the local shops. But last night oh my. We went to dinner and party at Stewarts parents mansion. Not enough time to say everything about that only it was the best party I have ever been at. Amazing place food people music just try to imagine! Today we leave at one...

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2014 Africa Wedding

Mar 18, 2014 - Tuesday in Harare

I am finally able to sit down and write everything to date. First of all the flight was brutal as expected. Toronto to Amsterdam was 8 hours then about 1.5 hrs at Amsterdam airport which was really interesting and then TEN hours in the air again. Didn't sleep a whole lot - there were too many great movies and tv shows to watch. Plus meals and snacks coming every couple hours. Flying KLM is like nothing I've experienced before. When we got to Harare we were met by Stewart (the groom) and his parents who were so happy to meet and greet us....

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2014 Africa Wedding

Dec 21, 2013 - Op weg naar Zuid Afrika.

Na een busrit van zo’n 21 uren waarvan 3 uren aan de grens wachten op een stempel, enkele keren je zakken te laten doorzoeken, te strijden om alsnog mijn houten geschenkjes terug mee op de bus te krijgen (en gelukt), … nadien 200 meter van een tankstation zonder benzine te zitten en geen meter meer verder te kunnen rijden… kwam ik aan in Pretoria waar Christine mij al stond op te wachten. Aankomen in Zuid-Afrika ging gepaard met een ware cultuurshock: reusachtige gebouwen, een superchique station waar ik bijna een boete kreeg omdat ik...

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Christmasholiday SA

Dec 18, 2013 - 1st Destination at last

Packed flight to Joburg, middle seat from which I must have said sorry to lady sitting on the aisle at least 100 times as drinks, food etc we're passed across her through the window. Arrived Joburg late but as there were many hours to wait for the connection it didn't matter. Flight to Harare also full; we were first off the flight and last through immigration as our line moved at a snail'a pace- the good news! by the time we cleared immigration customs could have cared less and waved us through. All the angst and planning on declaring the...

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Oct 6, 2013 - zZzZzimbabwe

Probably the best way to sum up the extent of poverty in Zimbabwe is the fact that the life expectancy at birth for someone born in Zimbabwe is 37 years. 37 years. Wow, can you even imagine that? That is like, the average years someone lived 500 or 600 years ago! You might not even have gray hairs at age 37. That statistic just blew my mind. Zimbabwe is suffering from many things, and is the number one country with the highest dept. So for starters, it basically can be concluded that it has the worst economy in the world. From the video I...

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Mawh Bee-lawg

Mar 26, 2012 - an overnatural ceremoni

After a wonderful breakfast today which I ate together with the hotel mother, she invited me to a spiritual ceremony in a village an hour away from Harare. Of course I said yes, who wouldn't like to be a part of such a cultural ceremony?! And it was even better then I thought it would be. I mean nearly everybody has seen a clip or at least read something about those ceremonies – I did. It was always something really strange for me since I have my problems with believing in the christian god; but believing in spiritual power and then...

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Sawubona Zimbabwe

Mar 26, 2012 - zimbabwean christmas

In the morning I asked the hotel mother about a very beautiful statue of a giraffe, made by wood and with incredible details. She said they got that to christmas last year and since I never thought about that before I asked her about the christmas celebration here in Zimbabwe. Well, since I'm very good in listening to swarming people, I learned a lot by eating breakfast: Since the major part in Zimbabwe is christian, the christmas is celebrated in a very special way and everybodys looking forward to it for months. Just like in Europe they...

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Sawubona Zimbabwe

Mar 26, 2012 - changing money

when I wanted to change my money – the swedisch crown – to the zimbabwean dollar, I got to know, that it's completely worthless; 20 swedish crowns – 2 pounds, 0,3 USD or 2 € - are 10 million Zimbabwean Dollar. So I felt very rich when I got more then a billion Zimbabwean Dollar but for that I only got one very good meal in a fine restaurang. That the zimbabwean dollar doesn't have any value is a consequence of the economical crises in 2005. the economic successful country Zimbabwe got into the worst economical crises they've ever had and...

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Mar 26, 2012 - dancing at my last day

On my last day I wanted to do something which is typical for tourists: I wanted to go out at night. For this I found a nice place on facebook – the book café. That is a really wonderful and impressionating café which offers concerts on weekends. The musicians are often from Harare and their music is quite emotional and the people just dance, drink and have fun together. You can't expect you just could go there and be for yourself; when you go out in Harare, you have to talk to people (most of the time strangers) and joy the togetherness of...

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Sawubona Zimbabwe

Mar 5, 2012 - lost in the wonderful landscape in Harare city

Today – my first real day here in Zimbabwe – I first had to change money in a banc otherwise I hadn't been able to do anything. When I went to the city I saw – like yesterday - a wonderful landscape – and this in a big city like Harare! Everywhere were trees – palms! - and parcs, as well as animals of stone which stood in couples in the whole city. So on my way to a banc I lost myself in one of the most beautiful parcs I've ever seen; I found it when I wanderd down a apparently normal street, but then I saw a group of trees and exotic...

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Oct 27, 2011 - Flight to Harare, Zimbabwe

So, this is the first location we have found where we can get internet access and have the time to make use of it. Our flight from Heathrow to Harare, with Ethiopian Airlines was uneventful and on the first leg, quite comfortable since the aircraft used seemed to have been equipped throughout with business class seats and leg room. It was quite an old aircraft as long range craft go these days and had no seat back TV screens, just a few giant old CRT type TV's hanging at strategic intervals throughout the cabin. We got to watch one...

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