posted on Dec, 4 2011 @ 12:35 PM
reply to post by halfoldman
His power over his country is quite frightening. I was there in 2001 ("holiday"), hyperinflation was getting bad, people were poor, uncared for and I
think life expectancy is something ridiculous like 40-50+ and yet he has many, many supporters.
The one thing that stuck in my mind as odd and as a sign that he has the full support of the global TPB is this.
You can change money (dollars or euros to Zimbabwe dollars) at 2 places. A bank, or an independent and local bureau de change type place. 1 dollar
changed at Barclays bank (a British bank) would give you 65 Zimbabwe dollars. At the bureau de change you would get at least double, slightly more if
you were willing to haggle. In other words, all the tourists that just took their bank card with them and drew money directly lost 50% to the bank. I
did one small amount just to check if my card worked and looked at how much I got. I went straight to the bureau de change and got a much better rate
for the dollars we had changed in Holland and taken with us (the euro was new then and I was unsure if it would be accepted locally).
My lasting impression of that country is that Robert Mugabe must die.
ETA The locals were just simply the most beautiful peoples I have ever met (Shona and Ndebele) and so happy it was just unbelievable. Sitting on the
banks of the Zambezi river with a bottle of Zambezi beer (the local brewed beer) is etched into my brain. Elephants, lions and black mamba's. Oh
No to mention their reaction when the solar eclipse took place. (My reason for going on a 3 week camping trip taking in all the local sights and at
the end, the eclipse) Poetry.
edit on 4/12/11 by LightSpeedDriver because: ETA