One month in Zambia
Trip Start Sep 11, 2007
25Trip End Apr 26, 2008
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Happy Birthdays to Marchell and Sam!!!!!
(Marchell is another Canadian intern working at Women for Change. Sam is my camera-shy housemate who may appear on this blog one day if I can snap a pic when she's not looking)
On a happier note, tomorrow I am leaving to spend a week in Ndola, in Copperbelt province, doing a five-day workshop with traditional leaders from the area. I actually thought I was leaving today, until I turned up at the office and found out that there was a problem picking up supplies, so we're leaving tomorrow instead. I'm looking forward to getting outside of Lusaka and seeing different parts of the country en route. It would be easy to live in an isolated bubble within the city, and to forget that 70% of Zambians live below the poverty line. While there certainly is poverty in Lusaka, it's not as visible as it is in other cities that I've been to. There was a short-lived fuel crisis in Zambia this week, which created very long line-ups at the gas pumps but was resolved quickly. A taxi driver said there was a similar crisis back in 2005 when they just didn't have gas for about a week and most people just had to stop driving. The bus conductors have been using the "fuel crisis" excuse for charging more this week, despite the fact that gas prices haven't actually changed and there is fuel readily available now. Can't really blame them, I guess
There seems to be some kind of skit going on outside the internet café, and I have no idea what it's about. There is a women in a wedding dress running around screaming, a man with a giant fake beard pretending to fish in the fountain, another man with an enormous afro, and a couple walking arm in arm with white sheets tied around their heads. Interesting. Clearly, I am missing something.
On to Ndola!