OLD BLOG: Welcome to Harare, by Lisa

From November 18, 2007

Current mood:  artistic
Category: Travel and Places

OLD BLOG: Welcome to Harare ,by Lisa
(our welcome to the country and preparing for our first workshop)

Hey everyone -

Hope all of you are good! Just a quick update from Harare, Zimbabwe. It’s been a crazy ride! After 16 hours on flights, separated by 12 hours in London, we finally arrived in Zimbabwe. Surprisingly, we had no trouble getting through customs, but were rather treated with extra respect and quickly courted through to the arrivals hall where we were met by Sindah, our host from the Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) – the overseer of all BICC churches in Harare. Sindah carried a huge sign with “JESSE” written on it.

He took us to his flat where his wife had made a delicious african meal 101 (americanized, but still with the traditional “sadza” which is the staple here – a thick porridge made from corn meal). Sindah lives in a small 2 bedroom flat with his wife and their two daughters. The living room was crammed with huge couches, a tv, and a large dining table in one corner – everything too big for the space. Because of the limited space, we’re not staying with him, but with families in the suburbs who have also been very welcoming.

I don’t have time to write about all of my impressions so far right now, but they have been overwhelming and I am filling pages after pages in my journal. The people here are so friendly!

Tonight we have our first workshop – about 50 people have shown interest, but according to Zimbabwean customs that could mean that anywhere between 5 and 100 people show up! REgardless, it will be very interesting and we’ve worked out a program that will hopefully make them excited about theater and playwriting.

Ok.. no more time, but tomorrow we leave Harare for more adventures in the country side – I’m sure we’ll see an entirely different zimbabwe there!

lots of love,
:) Lisa