A new arrival

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Betsy arrived today, flying British Airways, which meant I had to get out of bed at 6 in the morning. Ivor was so nice as to pick me up and drive me to the airport and back, after which he went to a sporting event on the University grounds. Later, when Betsy and I were enjoying a beer at the lodge, we heard on the news that a kid had actually died there, after running the 10km.

We didn’t do much today. Went for a movie and a bite and, in the evening, had a couple of drinks with Darlington, the manager of the Small World lodge. We talked about the acceptance of gays in Zimbabwe, mozzarella cheese, mobile phones and a man Betsy and I had seen at Italian Bakery: Bright yellow, the shirt he was wearing contained several big pictures of Mugabe and texts like Vote Robert Mugabe, Zanu PF and Indigenization.

On Saturday, I went to the market at Avondale shopping center and discovered that CDs, DVDs and videos are relatively expensive. DVDs (illegal copies) sell for 75000, around 17$. Meanwhile, going to the cinema will set you back a hefty 1$. Or less.

Books, too, were expensive. Second hand paperbacks are supposed to fetch, at least $6, although some haggling got it down to $3, but still. Meanwhile, old National Geographics go for as little as 12 cents per copy.

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