The room on train is fine, with ok bed and quilts without pillow, but not a problem to me. The best thing is the restaurant, I thought it wouldhad not be expensive on train, but it is not!! 3,500TZS per meal! Cheap and good taste~ Same cuisine would charge double price in Dar es salaam. It's first time I sit in the restaurant on train, really interesting feeling. Chicken, beef, fishes, chips, rice even ugali all in the menu. Restaurant is not the only way to get food on train, when train stop in some villages or towns, there are always ppl sale beverage, fruit and food via windows, and also cheaper than city. For example, I paid 1,000 shilling for Banana, in Dar es salaam only can have 5 pieces, but in small village I got 20 pieces!!! When I sit beside the window and stared at views outside, it's a magical feeling, peaceful and calm, as watching a slow forward movie. Every time passed village, kids always waved their hands to me even tried to be more closer to train, they looks like much happier than people in city even people in developed countries, they are easy to satisfy not much desire. There was a village, kids collect the empty bottles to make toys, like cars or airplanes. In my parents generation, they also did its in childhood, simple. Sometimes I wanted this trip can be more longer; sometimes I wanted we can arrive asap, such dilemma.
In the second morning, the train reached the border. In Tanzania side was simple, someone brought departure stamp and visited rooms to stamp all passports, but in Zambia side I got stuck...The custom stuff check my passport and permit then calling someone...probably asked his boss. After end the phone, he told me " U need to go to immigration office with me, then taking bus to Lusaka late, not with train." I was stunning...WTH. I started to negotiate with him, I bought the whole trip train ticket, because your embassy told me I can get visa IMMEDIATELY on border. Looks like he don't even wanna talk, just said" Take all of ur stuff and go with me to office later." He insisted. What can I do...took both my backpacks reluctantly and got of the train. The office was not far away, but I stayed t here for 2 hours! They said they wanna check my permit is true or not, so need to wait for Lusaka office to reply. They just left me in the waiting room, no food no drink no talk...just kept waiting. After 2hrs waiting, they agreed to give me visa finally. but I need to pay the bus ticket by myself, they will not help. Even it's shit happen, but it's fine, at least, I can see Victoria Fall soon. But the worst thing was...they introduced one broker, I thought he is worker in office, so it would be fine. But I was wrong...He helped me buy bus ticket with higher price, 25% more than normal price! I think he got commission...I can't believe how can this custom did it to me, I waste my money for train and time already, then introduced one dishonest broker to me!!! It probably the worst happen in Africa to me. It's a lesson, in some countries, even government stuff cannot believe easily!