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?
Some people say that Africa can really steal your heart. As a self-identified rational being, I thought that was something that might happen for carefree hippies, but certainly not myself. I haven't travelled the world, but have been to my fair share of places and I wouldn't say any place had captured my heart thus … Continue reading My African story continues
I returned home at the end of November. Home is not the same after such a life-changing journey. I appreciate the modern comforts of the First world, but moreso, I miss the raw humanity of Africa. I even miss the tightly packed kombis, or minibuses. I appreciated how a flowing cooperation among the driver, conductor, … Continue reading Home.
Just outside of Lusaka, there is an incredible elephant orphanage by Lilayi Road. These young elephants are rescued by the NGO who operates the orphanage. In many cases, the mothers of the babies were shot and killed by poachers. Approximately, 96 elephants are killed by poachers every day, in Africa. It is very sad to … Continue reading Elephant Orphanage
From previously four hours a day, in the past week or so, load shedding has been extended to eight hours a day! In southern Africa, load shedding is the terminology they use to describe power outages. These are are planned outages, however. Zambia runs on hydropower, predominantly. Since Zambia has not received good rains in … Continue reading Load Shedding
I have recently started to volunteer with a young and growing NGO with operations in Lusaka. One of its programs in Lusaka is public outreach in the compounds, teaching children how to wash their hands and clean their teeth properly. I have appreciated the opportunity to have a closer understanding of the compounds, especially … Continue reading Chawama times