I am not sure how much internet time or available connection Vic has over in Zimbabwe, but I managed to get a few short emails giving me an idea of how his adventure is looking.
It is the beautiful Jacaranda season in Zimbabwe where the streets are lined with these gorgeous purple flowers!
I read further to find out that once these are done, a beautiful red breaks out on the ‘Flamboyant Trees’.
Vic’s adventure started in Dubai, having a casual coffee on a mild 30*C day, while watching Russia against Turkey in Volleyball. I need to ask how the coffee is in Dubai, since I am definitely a coffee fiend, and if I had a chance to travel the world, while some people might taste the wine, I would taste the coffee!
In Vic’s quick note he says, “Great adventure so far”. Even if it wasn’t great, he would make it great. Do any of you remember his trip to Manitoba where he rode his mountain bike the whole way? He was going through the Okanagan and became friends with a loooong-bearded homeless guy (This was before long beards were in), and they travelled together through the middle of BC. Vic said it was because this guy was really great at building fires. It made me realize where I get that from; that love of unique and interesting people. I often keep a quote book with me, because you never know who you might meet who says or does something you don’t want to forget!
Vic said he re-read the new volleyball book co-written with Dr. George MacMaster, and he is inspired and says that it looks great!
On with the adventure… Vic went on a hop on hop off bus tour all day and said Dubai makes Vancouver look like a village!
He found one area with Palms interesting to visit, and there was some deal with condos whereby if you buy a condo you get a car as a gift. The lower levels get nice cars, but the Penthouse gets a Lamborghini!
Vic says he decided not to buy.
As most of Vic’s adventures go, they would be less exciting if he didn’t take a wrong turn. I almost think he does it on purpose! Somewhere around the city centre mall was where this wrong turn happened and he went a very long way before attempting to ask directions.
When travelling in a foreign country it is best to think about what tools you need in order to communicate! Vic ended up at a shop where he met a Syrian refugee and somewhere in his attempt to get directions Vic realized he couldn’t pronounce the name of his hotel, and I am laughing pretty hard right now as I write this… Oh dad! For those of you who don’t know, my dad is brilliant, but pronouncing foreign names is not is strongest skill. But wait! How would he get back to the hotel then? Thankfully he had a picture of the hotel! THAT should be put in the travelling 101 handbook. Take a picture of where you need to go. That’s kind of Vic’s mantra, isn’t it? In this case, the literal sense was quite useful!
Finally, after a good sleep I am guessing, Vic made it to Zimbabwe! Here is a picture of Vic going over the Volleyball manual with one of the head coaches, Roddy.