“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro
“There are many colorful flowers on the path of life,but the prettiest have the sharpest thorns”. ~African Proverb
Finally in Zimbabwe… It was a long journey from Amman to Harare, but definitely worth it. I arrived to Harare on 4th of September, early in the morning. After checking in to the beautiful garden hotel, as the reserach team, we went out to a traditional Zimbabwean restaurant to have sadza, chicken and vegetables.
Sadza is cooked cornmeal, reminding of a thickened porridge. Sadza is usually served for lunch or dinner and it is eaten by rolling into a ball, and dipping into meat, sauce, or stewed vegetables. Sadza is usually flavored with peanut butter, milk, butter or jam. I had the plain sadza with chicken and vegetables. Since you eat this dish with your hands, right after your plate is served, a lady approaches your table with a bowl and jug of water. You are supposed to wash your hands with her assistance. Then, you can start your meal… Pamusoroyi! (meaning “Bon Appetit” in Shona – one of the most widely spoken official languages of Zimbabwe).
The next day, when I went for breakfast in my hotel, there was a small surprise waiting for me. Scones!!! Since Zimbabwe was a British colony, they have adopted some English habits. And since having scones for breakfast was one of my favorite British habits in Oxford, I felt very delighted. Alternative options were muffin, cheddar cheese, cereals and Full English breakfast.
After 3 lovely but tiring days in Harare (full of interviews and meetings with delegates and school teachers), on 6th of September, we left Harare.
Next destination was Gweru, a city near the center of Zimbabwe (5th largest city of the country and around 275 km from Harare). Gweru is the capital of Midlands Province, where Midlands State University (MSU) is located. MSU – our next research destination… 2 exciting days to spend in Gweru with university students and GFP delegates.