Livingstone, Zambia, Monday, May 3, 2010
We arose early to catch a 15-minute helicopter ride over the falls at 8AM. The view from above was spectacular! The falls form a series of horizontal zig-zag canyons and is nearly a mile wide, before funneling through a much narrower opening and continuing on as the Zambezi river again. We could not fly into the plume of mist since it is might upset the copter. You must see the pictures to appreciate the grandeur of this wonder of the world.
The remainder of the morning was spent with a tour (in a jeep) of Livingstone Town and a wonderful museum that showed the history of Zambia. There was an entire section devoted to David Livingstone, his family, and his exploration for the source of the Nile, a British obsession in the 19th century. Viewing his original letters preserved between glass panes made us feel a real sense of history. There were excellent dioramas of early life with the origins of humans. There was also a political history of Zambia showing the evolution from colonial times to today's republic.
The tour of the local market with its makeshift stalls and squalor was a bit depressing and thankfully did not last for long. Lunch was back at the hotel. Tom wishes that they could just be served a simple ham and Swiss. We took a well deserved afternoon nap and relaxed before tomorrow which we expect to be intense.
Anne has a toothache, which seems to be a not unusual occurrence on these exotic trips, so she called her dentist (at $5 per minute) and together we decided to start an antibiotic with which we are well-equipped. It is likely infected but will have to wait until we get home for repair. We have plenty of ibuprofen supplemented by some more which our driver purchased for us from a druggist (called a "chemist" here) - we hope they are genuine and pure, but they are for back-ip in case she needs a heavier dose. If Tom has bad camera karma, then Anne has bad tooth karma!
Dinner tonight was at the "sister" hotel nearby and was delicious. Tom tried the chef's version of spaghetti bolognese, which turned out quite well.