I have been away from my site for so long!! I moved countries then moved jobs and towns and all sorts of changes, including losing my passwords to my account. Old Age. So here I am starting again.
My life is very different to my Mozambique days and I really miss it. From the excitement and challenges of living in a very third world country where every day was different and interesting and vibrant, I now live in another third world country which is even more challenging but not so interesting and exciting.
In Zimbabwe we have the challenges of every day survival; a currency which hardly exists on paper and the bit that does exist on paper is not even recognised anywhere else in the world. It is fought over and hoarded to such an extent that you hardly ever see it and yet it is essential to survival as most of the vending of every day goods has moved out of the shops and onto the streets. We have items in the shops, imported at great cost from outside the country, so we pay those extra costs. The man on the street cannot afford this so he shops on the street. Our methods of payments are varied and confusing. If you have USdollars cash you are definitely king and your note can be traded for other currencies with quite a hefty premium. The invisible monopoly money used in the Country is called Bond notes, if you use these to pay anywhere you are normally charged interest so something costing $1 you would pay $1.50. Then you get Ecocash, textacash, Mycash etc etc, various payment methods you can do through your phone, again you get charged interest so that item which was $1 could now be $2. Then you have RTGS or bank transfers, your $1 item now comes to you at $5. The banks are making a killing as they charge between $2 to $10 service charges on transactions, then if you buy that item from the street vendor who has his own swipe machine you pay him $5 extra for swiping plus you pay the bank service charges so the $1 item could now be $8.
We live like this, and we seem to accept it. Everyone complains but no-one protests, we just pay and move on waiting for a change to happen. That was another difference I still cant get used to, Mozambique is loud, vociferous and in your face but fair and happy and smiling. Zimbabwe is angry and surly and everyone is out to get everyone else. No happy bantering between the races here, the divide between black and white is a huge chasm which can become a raging fire at the flick of a switch.
So my new start has been a learning of new methods, new environments, new weather – I have ended up living in a place the total opposite of warm and sunny Mozambique. Times have moved on and I am learning to move on with them, the changes which need to be made must be made now, if I wait then the changes will be changed. My list of what is important has changed and I now try and be more mindful, I plan and think instead of just jumping in. Boring?