travel days

I truly love travel days. There is something about living in Zambia that is easy to forget that I am living in Zambia. Sure, there are some things that make it obvious- the smell of smoke in the air, the constant swirling of dust, the bumpy roads, the schools, the …

a day in my life

  It is difficult to describe what I do most days, hours, minutes. I mean, there are lots of things that happen lots of days that are just completely normal and run-of-the-mill ordinary. But it is all happening in Zambia. Which I guess makes it seem just a tad bit …

burning season

There’s not a bonfire in sight, but I just inhaled a formerly smoldering piece of something. Yesterday I was mesmerized by a burnt piece of paper suspended in air and held captive by a spider web. This is post rainy season. I was told there are 2 seasons in Zambia- …

silence

For a long time, I thought of Africa as a quiet place. Somehow, I’d gotten the image of wide open sandy spaces and the rough whisper of a safari guide in a Land Rover as he pointed to a nearby lion preparing to pounce on an unsuspecting zebra. It’s a …

excitement!

For weeks {months} people have been talking about the new mall opening in Ndola. It’s been under construction since before my arrival and has slowly, slowly, slowly materialized before my eyes. In expat circles, the conversations are almost always tempered with an undertone of “let’s not get too excited just …

dichotomy

Today’s post is purely confessional: I have house help.   I understand that that’s kind of a weird thing for a person in my particular stage of life (single, no children, not a particularly booming social calendar, a fairly normal/regulated work schedule). But wait, wait. Let me explain.   In …

visitors

There are significant perks to having people come visit Wiphan (read: me). The least of these are not the sweet, sweet goodies that are currently overflowing from my cabinets. (I’m not hoarding, per say. I’m just determining what I don’t feel guilty about eating and not sharing with others. It’s …