It's similar, yet so different here. In comparison to Lusaka, as soon as one drives through Harare, one easily gets the sense of the promise it once was. It's challenging to pinpoint the most central point in the city of Lusaka, as the supposed central area aside from majestic palm trees lining the middle of … Continue reading Zimbabwe Post 2: On Zambia vs. Zimbabwe
I will write about my time in "Zim" (as Zimbabwe is affectionately referred to by locals) as memories hit me. I remember a friend posting on Facebook a few weeks ago criticizing that a mode of public transport in India, where humans are seated on the ground in the back of a large freight truck, … Continue reading Zimbabwe Post 1: On Combis & the Underground
I apologize for the lapse in posts. Data is truly expensive in sub-Saharan Africa. I hate referring to "Africa" as if it is a single categorical entity, but by and large, I do believe that data is expensive in Africa. I don't want to single out Zimbabwe as if it is more expensive there than … Continue reading After 3 months in Zimbabwe
I'm back in Africa and it feels so surreal. I flew into Joburg International yesterday and got picked up by Crucial, a taxi driver originally from Zimbabwe. He was chilled and happy to discuss southern African politics with me. Nothing is a more satisfying welcome than an engaging conversation with a cabbie when arriving at … Continue reading Back in Africa
Let's hope so. I feel like I have been in purgatory in the past year or so, due to some unexpected personal circumstances. But, there are hopes on the horizon for things to turn up again. It is a good feeling. I hope this will help me have an even more fulfilling time in southern … Continue reading Things work out for the earnest ones?
Pictured are the big items that I bought for this trip. I made all of my purchases on Amazon and did a fair amount of research and informal cost-benefit analysis to come up with the final choices. Might I say that these choices were not easy to make. I spent a few months going back … Continue reading Supplies for Africa 2.0
Hello all! I am excited to share that I am planning my second trip to Africa in a couple months! Though a part of me wants to see another part of Africa, such as Western or Eastern Africa, I know that I definitely want to see some of my Zambian friends again, so I have … Continue reading Africa 2.0 in the plans