VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE – Boston has the Big Dig. Zimbabwe has the Big Drip (a.k.a. Victoria Falls). They are huge phenomena, and maybe kindred spirits because their common theme seems to be “eternally yours.” continue reading »
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe – Are that big-mouthed, loud-larynxed hippo’s tonsils pink? Or is it just the setting sun reflecting off the water into its face?
We are not going to get close enough to find out. Sure, this is one of those creatures that seemed so lovable as portrayed in Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” decked out in tutus and gavotting sweetly to the “Waltz of the Flowers.” However, . . . . However, you do not want to cruise up to massive chinside to check tonsils by applying a tongue suppressor and coaxing, “Say aaahhh, please.” No. When a hippo snorts, “Aaahhh!” as this one is doing without any prompting, it shivers the timbers of any foolishly really-up-close boat, and threatens passengers’ eardrums, at the least. continue reading »