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Africa » Zambia » Livingstone December 3rd 2013

Despite having to ride an extra 200kms, Jaap had arrived in Kabwe before me and his bike was parked up outside the hotel we had agreed to meet at. The reunion was emotional: "Looks like your front fork is leaking Jaap". "Godverdomme". The next morning Jaap used a £4 piece of plastic I had purchased before the trip called the "Seal Mate" in an attempt to clean out any gunk that might be causing the leak from his front suspension. After he had spent a while on it, and uttered more than a few Godverdommes, I wandered over to check how it was going. He gave me the bad news - it wasn't working - but showed me the resealing process by giving it one last shot. Worked like a charm. No leak for the rest ... read more
Parked up at the backpackers in Lusaka
This guy was wearing these Aviators in the dark nightclub so I had to give them a go.
Devil's Pool

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone August 1st 2013

Our last morning in Livingstone and we were sad to leave. Jollyboys had been a good place to stay. With our last few hours in Livingstone, we went to buy the bus tickets for the journey to Lusaka from the small hut on the main road. We popped back to the Curios market, as I had wanted a wooden zebra-striped fruit bowl. Previously, people had asked us if we were willing to trade things with them. I had actually packed a pair of slip on shoes that I had planned on leaving at the end of my trip - and thus far had not even worn - so I took them along to the market with me. I successfully negotiated a lower price for my wooden bowl in exchange for my pair of shoes, and the ... read more
Nshima and Meat
On the road
En route

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 24th 2013

A couple of days to relax and explore Livingstone... Day one Livingstone living... Jollyboys backpackers offered a free walking tour of Livingstone every Wednesday, so whilst we were there we took the opportunity. Our guide, Leo, took us around the main streets, of which there aren't many! We saw the first church built in 1902, the high court, the post office, and other central buildings. We went to the back street and to the market where we could see all sorts of beans, dried fish, fruits, vegetables, and even dried caterpillars for sale. We saw the hotel where the Queen once visited as a Princess, but unfortunately it is now very run down and waiting for someone to invest in its restoration. In the courtyard was a huge fig tree with figs all over the branches ... read more
Ever-changing skies
Mosi-O-Tunya
Sunset

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 23rd 2013

One ridiculously amazing day in my life... Breakfast on Livingstone island: Must-do-experience We got a taxi to the David Livingstone resort, which is a very luxurious, colonial style resort on the banks of the Zambezi. A small boat took Lindsay and I across the Zambezi on a very short ride to Livingstone island. We were welcomed with a maize drink and taken through to a clearing where we were told to leave our shoes behind, and put on a big black raincoat. We walked through muddy swamp land towards the edge of the falls, 100m ahead of us. It was exhilarating. We stopped close to the edge as Kelvin our guide gave us an introduction to the island. Already it was exciting to be close to the edge, in the spray of the falls, but we ... read more
Don't look down!
Picturesque
I'm watching you

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 21st 2013

Transport hubs are fascinating places. They always make me wonder where everyone is going and what they are doing. At 7am we arrived at Lusaka Inter-city bus terminal and it was already buzzing with people. 75% of Zambians are Christian, and our bus passengers reflected this rather well. When the bus left the station, within thirty seconds a man had stood up and started preaching to us about the gospel. He preached for about twenty minutes before he invited three other people on the bus to lead a prayer. Once he had finished, he made a collection so that he could get a lift back to the station and preach again on another bus. We later learned that this is not uncommon on the Mazhandu company buses! The journey gave us a glimpse of the countryside; ... read more
Silhouettes
Mosi-O-Tunya
Beautiful Fauna

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone April 28th 2013

Take one ancient flat-bed pick up truck; stuff it with about 30 people, and their luggage; add 4 or 5 large sacks of grain for the nearby villages; make it drive approx 200miles at approx 30k an hour and make it stop every 500 yards to let one person off and 6 more on; let it run out of petrol twice, overheat at least once, and break down alltogether at some stage too; let it do all this in the burning heat of the midday sun and let them overcharge you (cos you're white) just for this whole privilidge.... and that my friends is public transport in Malawi..!!!! Possibly the most beautiful country in Africa but definitely the biggest ball-ache to get around. To be fair, they are in the middle of a petrol crisis - ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone » Songwe Village February 26th 2013

Days 15 - 22 River cruise in Botswana, the famous Victoria Falls, sunset cruise & walking with lions in Zambia & game watching in our campsite Hey guys, we have had some long bus days, with plenty of time to kill, and needless to say, this is quite a long detailed one. Just thought I would give you the heads up so you can go and grab a cuppa before starting. Saying goodbye to Kruger NP meant saying goodbye to South Africa. Botswana was our next port of call. We were told to watch out for wild animals, as here they were not fenced in and were free to roam as they pleased. Quite frequently Josh (our driver) would suddenly slow the truck down and beep at cows meandering across the road. ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone February 13th 2013

No photos today (well not yet) as too many to look through and select the best of the bunch! (Those who know Lou will know this is not unusual but we took loads and loads!) The day started with a monkey invading the room to steal sugar but because of that we were treated to a family of 2 adult and 2 young zebra grazing outside the balcony. Then we had breakfast folowed by a guided tour of the falls with the fabulous Arson (pic to follow). Wet doesn't even describe how drenched we were. The falls were faster and more full flowing than yesterday as there had been heavy rain and thunderstorms last night. Even so Lou managed to get really close to the river Zambezi at the top of the fall's Eastern Cataract. After ... read more

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone February 12th 2013

A quick update, the falls are absolutely spectacular - if you ever get the chance you must come and see them for yourselves!! Guided tour of the falls tomorrow and sunset cruise (which may be minus the sun as it's rained nearly all day!). Even though there has been a lack of sun, the rain has made the water coming over the falls even more impressive - a lot bigger than Niagara was. Back to Johannesburg on Thurs.... read more
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Africa » Zambia » Livingstone December 22nd 2012

After four months in Malawi it is sadly time for me to say a temporary 'goodbye' to my friendly yet admittedly taxing "second-home." My experience at Partners In Health thus far has been nothing short of life-changing. In addition to getting an inside look at the drug procurement process - which is unfortunately plagued with corruption, customs problems, and routine stock-outs - I have also been inspired by my clinical experiences here to think seriously about pursuing medicine as a second-career (more on this later...). While I will thankfully be returning to my post at PIH in March, this temporary departure is still somewhat bittersweet. When I return in March, the weather will be much cooler, and the bugs will be much more manageable; but I will nonetheless miss some of my colleagues who will be ... read more
Double-rainbow!
PIH crew
Razor-Edge Bridge




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