SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER – SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER We spent the whole week mucking around in Harare. On Saturday night, Linda, Ross and I went to a midnight showing of those two brilliant films Terminator 2 and Total Recall. Then on Sunday, we went out to Scotty and Devi’s house for a BBQ lunch which lasted well into the wee small hours. 

On Tuesday we went out to the airport at 6 a.m. to meet Jim and Corina off the plane. They were very surprised to see us and glad we were there to help ease them into life in Africa. At lunchtime, we treated ourselves to the sumptuous buffet at the Sheraton: all we could eat for a mere Z$38 each. 

On Wednesday we met Scotty for lunch at Ramambo’s Restaurant and on Thursday I took some of our stuff out to store at Scotty’s until we leave Zimbabwe in a couple of weeks. While I was there, I helped Jim and Corinna’s driver, Hog, and courier, Don, change some tires on their overland rig which is named “The Scott.” That night we took Jim and Corrina to Ramambo’s Restaurant, along with Scotty and Devi, and we spent a goodly part of Friday beside the pool at the Terreskane Hotel. 

And on Saturday (today) we went out to Scotty’s again for another bri (BBQ) in went to the railway station to catch the 9 p.m. train to Bulawayo. 

Our cabin was a small 3-berth sleeper, but we had paid a surcharge to book the whole cabin so we had plenty of space. The cabin was fitted out with green vinyl seats and polished wood trim with stainless steel fittings. The small sink was made by Beresfords of Birmingham, and the mirror on the sliding door carried the logo are the old Rhodesian Railways Company. 

We bought some drinks and settled down to wait for the train to depart, which it did exactly on time at 9 p.m. We were both quite tired so soon after the train rattled out of Harare Station we climbed into our bunks and fell asleep to the rockin’ rollin’ ridin’ motion of the train.

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