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 …

becoming Jane (Goodall)

Okay, okay, okay. So here’s the lowdown on my adventurous weekend. There is a mysterious chimpanzee sanctuary somewhere in the backwoods of Zambia. That’s all I really knew on Friday when I drove to meet up with a friend before setting out to find this place Saturday. We tentatively packed …

southern

I am really bad at being a southerner. I don’t like sweet tea, am completely uninterested in monograming anything {everything}, I spent years training to give speeches without letting on that I have a drawl and probably most condemningly, since given the choice as an adult, have chosen to spend …

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 …

night

The stars are out in full force tonight. You’ll have to take my word for it, because the best the iPhone can do is an apparently blank slate. I stood for a minute to count all that I could and made it to 100 before deciding my efforts were fruitless; …

the relativity of time

Time is all a relative thing.   I’m not going to launch into any sort of diatribe about how age is just a number. (The romantic in me believes this to be true, but my recent ventures in C25K and the odd pain and trials its has caused my body …