I was supposed to be posting more often, but my life resembles a roller-coaster right now… So this will be one huge post to recoup all the Zimbabwe 2012 trip and I will soon be moving on: exams are halfway done, in other words, and my summer break starts soon.
Point 1: Zambia-Zimbabwe boarder bridge, aka Zambezi bridge, aka Victoria Falls Bridge
The bridge was designed by G.A. Hobson and its construction was completed in 1905. Since then it only underwent some repairs, never a minor reconstruction, so it can’t accept heavy traffic, and the pass of trains only happens at less then walking pace. The crossing is

one of very few on Zambezi, restricting the passage between Zambia and Zimbabwe considerably. This beautiful bridge, in a shape of a parabolic arch (architecture vocabulary, thanks to my guide) is made of steel and a centre for all the jumping-kind of activities I would never do. It’s almost 200m long (198m, exactly) and 128m high.
Point 2: Victoria Falls: Mosi-oa-Tunya or the Cloud that Thunders
Which is a very good name for the Falls, in fact! Most of the time, all you see looks about like this:
But with considerable amounts of patience, especially as you are wet to your underwear, can’t see a thing because your glasses are entirely covered in water and you regret spending 5$ on renting an ankle-long water coat, you may see the beauty of the place:
Victoria Falls is 108m high. It’s recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first European to see the Falls was David Livingstone in 1850s, who wrote of them  “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” He named the falls after Queen Victoria, and so the name stayed, although UNESCO recognises Mosi-oa-Tunya name as well. Cloud that Thunders is much more appropriate, even I’m just after celebrating Jubilee and’ve seen the British sentiment for their monarchs (some of it, I luckily escaped to Poland).
Point 3: Livingstone – man, travels, city and all the politics
At some point in history, Europeans discovered, to their surprise, that Europe is not the only thing in the world, and they might travel to see a bit of it. But somehow, Africa was neglected for a while, and voyaged only quite recently (1800s, well, not that recently). One of this brave, adventurous men was Doctor Livingstone, and so he made a point of travelling around Southern Africa.
And so he found Victoria Falls, approaching it from the side of Zambia. He also was bold enough to ignore the indigenous name of the place and name it after his Queen, who never bothered to see the place. But he did, and Victoria Falls made it onto the maps.
Enough of politicking.
Dr Livingstone was honoured for his discoveries, they built him a nice statue in Zimbabwe, and named a city after him, in Zambia.
And the city in itself is worth seeing, as it haven’t been modernised for years now, and keeps it colonial character (as much as I hate the concept of colonialism, I must admit the place has its climate). So on Livingstone, Zambia, now:
For years, Zambia had been under the British rules, with all its pros and cons. It can be easily seen almost anywhere, for example, the Livingstone hospitals:
The hospitals are both now in use, and not in the racist way, so you are not guaranteed you will be treated in the villa one. They are on the same site, three minutes from each other, and remain one of the scars inflicted upon the society in the colonial years.
Another worth seeing stigma that remains is the North Western Hotel.
It used to be a ‘whites-only’ zone, and the rail had a stop immediately before the entrance, so it would be nice and safe for the whites to travel. After Zambia won its independence and was in economical turmoil, it was abandoned and so still is.
I will have to abandon the original plan of recouping the 10 points I noted to make: they will wait for the next trip, most probably, or some period when I will have little to do (not these days, really!)
But I will post some videos ver very soon!