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Published: August 11th 2013
This summer, I decided to head off on an adventure to a continent I had yet to set foot in. Selected destination...Africa
Along with a friend from the UK, we had a skype discussion one Saturday morning (early Saturday morning in Hong Kong and late at night in the UK). We narrowed it down to a few countries in this vast continent, and flight prices also came into play, leaving our choice to be flights to Lusaka, in Zambia.
It turned out to be fairly equidistant, both of us flying into Dubai from our respective resident countries, and there we were reunited at the departure gate for the second flight to Lusaka!
Social Media and brilliant coincidence!
I am actually going to begin this blog in Dubai...well, actually Dubai airport of all places!
Who knew Dubai airport was the social hub for me! I had a very bizarre experience on my journey over to Africa. I flew from Hong Kong to Dubai with a friend who was traveling on to the UK. Once in Dubai, we kept each other company until it was time for her to go to her gate. By this point,
we had wandered the length of Dubai airport a couple of times already.
I decided to get some breakfast in a cafe and logged on to the wifi. So many people had asked me to stay in touch on my travels, and this is where social media is the perfect mass communication method. So, I'd updated my Facebook status to say that I was in Dubai airport, looking for Lindsay. Suddenly, I received a message on Facebook from a friend telling me she too was in Dubai airport! Sometimes I love social media!!! She told me her gate so I grabbed my things and sped down to the other end of the airport for the most random fantastic reunion!!
It being so unexpected made it all the more special. We had lived in the same house for two years at University. We both had some time before our respective flights to rapidly catch up on the past year! Amazing. Suddenly we both had to head to our gates and I was off to Africa, and she was off to Asia! Social-media came up trumps!
Of course...I still had to find Lindsay for the next reunion! I quick-footed it to the gate and there she was! Two reunions in the space of an hour was quite overwhelming. I hadn't seen either friend for almost a year. I was wondering whom I would meet on my way back! Dubai is where it's at clearly!
I was writing this blog on the plane heading south towards Zambia. These were my thoughts as I looked out of my window;
Looking out of my window is inspiring. This is my first ever glance of Africa and of course, it is vast. I can't help wonder how many animals are roaming down there, and wondering which ones I might see over the next two weeks.
We touched down in Lusaka and stepped off the plane into the African sunshine. An unbelievable feeling - I had made it to the continent of Africa!
The queue for the visa was very slow, but we were on holiday, and quickly adopting ‘Africa time’. We managed to get a double entry visa for $80USD. A friendly Zambian chap picked us up from the airport and drove us to Lusaka Backpackers, about thirty minutes away (150 Kwacha).
After a much needed shower, dinner followed shortly. I tried the Kariba bream (Lake Kariba is in South Zambia). We did a bit of trip planning, and then jet lag forced us into an early night!
We had both arrived from different continents and only booked the trip a few weeks beforehand, so our preparations were minimal…we had booked the first two nights accommodation in Lusaka. After that we were free to discover…
Zambia, let’s explore!
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