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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!
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
Beautiful Fauna

Africa » Zambia » Lusaka July 19th 2013

Day one in Zambia, and I was very happy to wake up to a clear blue, sunny sky. We sat in the grounds of the hostel having a cup of tea and breakfast (included) as the day began to get warmer with the sun rising higher. Temperatures dropped notably in the evenings, which I wasn’t quite prepared for with my one hoodie! We ventured out on foot along the streets of Lusaka and found our way to the Freedom statue on Independence Avenue. The statue shows a man breaking away from chains, to commemorate the Independence of Zambia in 1964. It was not as prominent, or as large as I had imagined it to be, but significant nonetheless. The pavements are dusty lanes alongside the main road. We passed many friendly Zambians saying hello. It was ... read more
Clever nests!
The Freedom Statue

Africa » Zambia » Lusaka July 18th 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 ... read more
Good Morning Lusaka!
Dubai Airport

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

Africa » Zambia December 26th 2012

On the 21st of December we travelled across the border of Malawi and Zambia into Chipata, Zambia. We stayed at Mamarula camp with the Acacia truck. We were originally meant to go see South Luangwa National Park but we all decided on continuing on so that we could all be together for xmas (as nikki and I were to continue on to Cape Town). This leg of the trip was mainly a lot of driving from camp site to camp site until we reached our final destination- Livingstone, Zambia. The following day we travelled to Lusaka and stayed at Eureka Camp. This was to be, what we thought was our last night with the Acacia crew (apparently not). So that night after we were all fed we all gathered at the bar for a few drinks, ... read more
Jay and his TS crush
Nikkis presents
Best present ever!

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
PIH crew
Razor-Edge Bridge

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