I’ve been back on Canadian soil for nearly a month. Can’t say it’s been easy, but also can’t say it’s been hard either (bless Momma Moy’s home cooking). Part of me feels like I never left, but then I walk around the streets of Toronto and nothing feels familiar, not even the snow! Haven’t seen snowfall in a couple of years (I’m not a fan of cold weather so I never missed it, tbh). It’s hard to explain the complexities of reverse culture shock, but I won’t be focusing on that today because we’re talking about something SUPER EXCITING! MY DAY TRIP LAST MONTH TO VICTORIA FALLS! A NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD!
If you haven’t read the first part of my Livingstone, Zambia trip, catch up plz.
Victoria falls is the largest waterfall in the world. Not the tallest, nor the widest, but the largest. I don’t know the mathematics of it either, but I do know that the width reaches nearly two kilometers spanning across Zambia and Zimbabwe, and it’s hella beautiful.
3 things I learned on my day trip to Victoria Falls:
1. Merchants will try to sell you slingshots to scare off the wild baboons who putter around the area. You don’t need a slingshot, a giant stick does the trick. But also, these baboons could care less about your presence, if you leave them alone they’ll do the same.
2. Bring a raincoat. I rented one once I got there for $2 USD and it’s a MUST, especially if you want to cross the scary bridge of death and horror (refer to vlog below in regards to death bridge). If you go anywhere near the falls, it’ll feel like you’re in a shower so bringing an extra pair of socks would be smart too.
3. There are three main trails you can take once you get to the falls. An easy, scenic photography walk (do first), a 40-minute roundtrip hike to the Boiling Pot where you can watch people bungee jump (do second), and then the trail to the falls (do third, because you’ll get soaked and it’ll feel nice after your hikes).
The day after my day trip to the falls, I took a bike tour around Livingstone, an activity I also highly recommend. My tour guide and I cycled around the entire city. He told me historical stories about the Livingstone railway, the contrast between the different communities, and discovered hidden roads with barely any people on them and nature as far as the eye could see.
Below are the gorgeous and intelligent grade 6 girls I spent my two weeks with, and I miss them already. They were cooperative and energetic, a teachers dream, really. Check out Girl Impact if you want to get involved with the wonderful volunteer organization that took such great care of me while I was in Livingstone.
Do you want to have a bit of insight of what it’s like to attend Livingstone’s Linda Community School? I created the video below on Get Up & Go Girl, watch and come hang out with us!
While I was in Livingstone, Zambia I stayed at Livingstone Backpackers. Even though the hostel life isn’t for me, I thoroughly enjoyed my two week stay. It would have been a nightmare if all of the beds were filled (I had 4 bunk beds in my room.. eek) but only ended up having one roommate (#bless). The hostel had comfy lounge chairs, a relaxing pool, AMAZING food (local and western options), and helpful staff who booked EVERYTHING including a (free!) ride to Victoria Falls and bike tour. 10/10. Would recommend.
Sad new: I said goodbye to my beloved Canon Vixia Mini. It has been my travel companion for 2.5 years and the scary bridge of death and horror at Victoria Falls took it away. *sigh* All is explained in the vlog below.