On one hand, you have to laugh at the absurdity of it all - like 100 trillion dollar bills. On the other hand, the joke seems to be falling a little flat these days.
Bob Herbert's reality-check editorial in the NY times today is a good reminder why, sadly, the health care system in Zimbabwe would also make an excellent souvenir. The system has all of the trappings of the perfect memento: priceless because of its rarity and yet so practically tiny, the whole lot of it fits easily into one's suitcase back home.
My packing list for Zimbabwe at the request of colleagues living there:
1. Roach spray
2. Iodized salt
3. Writing paper
5. Iodine tablets
That says it all, I suppose.