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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Welcome to Zambia

The border between Botswana and Zambia is a river -- actually a junction of rivers, and four different countries close together, so political wrangling has kept the planned bridges from being built.

So you cross the border by boat. In our case it was this speedboat, which took us and our luggage across in four separate trips.

Trucks also have to cross the river by boat, and you see the ferries carrying them across, one truck at a time.

So it's not surprising that we saw the miles-long line of trucks long before we got to the river. Drivers routinely wait in line for days to cross the border.

And the lines are just as long on the Zambian side. Improving the flow of goods would make a huge difference in the quality of life of this part of Africa.

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