I am not one who usually writes reviews but the day I spent with Joe deserves to be written about!
First of all, yes the tours were really informative and fun (I did the Harare and village tour), but most importantly meeting with Joe felt like discovering a long-lost brother. We exchanged and discussed a lot about Zimbabwe and where I come from, spoke about culture differences, societal issues, friends, family, and so much more!
It truly felt like I knew him for a long time, and this really created the best experience I could have ever asked for.
Among other things, I got to take great pictures all along the city without feeling insecure for my huge pro-grade camera, ask as many questions as came to my mind about the local culture, climb onto a local municipal bus with super loud afrobeats (because I felt like it!), trade with a merchant on the road, take tons of pictures of locals asking for their picture to be taken, climb into a fun taxi in which I felt totally safe, wander around the most wonderful village with the sweetest people, meet with Joe’s mother who cooked the best meal in 5 seconds and who made me feel like I belonged there and like I was her own daughter, climb on top of a mountain to discover an old tribe settlement with an incredible view, walk alongside gospel churches singing and creating a peaceful/lively/spiritual atmosphere, get back to see Joe’s mum and share the most intimate family moment…
I will never forget them and how this day turned out. Life-changing is just too small of a word to describe what I felt and what I lived. I did not just meet new friends but I feel to honoured and privileged to say that I made myself a new family in Zim! I’ll never thank them enough for their hospitality, for all the discussions, and all the laughter! I wish them the very very very best and hope to be able to come back soon to see them again!!
Just go, you will not regret it!