“You better take these for Zim”, my father joked, thrusting a wad of US dollar bills into my hand as I left for the airport. Following the collapse of their own currency, the Benjamin Franklin is king in Zimbabwe. The spiralling decline of Zimbabwe from bread basket of Africa to the continent’s basket case has been widely reported. It was therefore unsurprising that my parents were more than a little wary of my escapades last summer.
It’s that time of year again. Festive cheer, freezing winds, and long journeys as St Andrews students travel back and forth from the bubble for Christmas, exams and inter-semester. Whether due to snow, wind, fog, or just plain old fashioned strikes, there’s a strong chance that at some point in the next few months, something could go wrong. So what if the worst happens, and last year’s chaos strikes again?