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
With a fellow traveler from good old Australia, I went on a two-day, one-night canoe and camping trip on the mighty Zambezi. The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa and the namesake of Zambia. As a river that changes all the time, it would have been challenging to navigate even without the hippos. … Continue reading Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi
I'm settled at a place in Lusaka for about a month. The staff here are very nice. They even offered me a helping of nshima with vegetarian relish. The vegetarian relish was bean curd based. This is probably the most delicious dish that I've had in Zambia. The familiarity of the bean curd and it … Continue reading Nshima experience number 2