In the seven years since I first moved to Zambia, it has changed like crazy. The mall that is there still makes me drop my jaw sometimes. It's just wild because it's right next to such extreme levels of poverty. Here's a little picture tour of the journey to Lusaka...
Leaving language school and headed to the tarmac.
Lusaka is way hillier than the land around Namwianga.
No trip to Lusaka is complete without a stop at "Kafue Corner". This is where I've made friends through the years who sell all sorts of beautiful baskets and are famous for their apples and bananas. Every inch of your windows is smashed full of vendors wanting you to choose their fruit.
I saw this golf club for the first time!
This is our favorite roadside market.
A skyscraper made of cement.
I bought a cake at a bakery there to present Ba Mwiinga on our last day this coming Friday. That's the customary gift at a graduation, so I thought it fitting. I had them write "#1 Teacher Ba Mwiinga Ndalumba!" on it, but when I went to pick it up the next day it read "I Feacher" for some reason :). They easily fixed it, and we were on our way!
Today was a great day of trying to soak up all the last bits of wisdom he has to share with me this week. He brought me one of his books today as a gift, hoping one day I'll be able to understand it!
I'm off to bed, but if you're someone who has been praying for me, I'd love prayers for the bat situation in my little guest house. One of the ceiling boards is down (not fixable in the next week) and the bats that I hear all night are starting to come down and freak me out. Like they stand in the path between me and the bathroom, and I just can't handle it. Benadryl's not even cutting it to keep me from thinking they're going to swoop down and get me in the night. I have my door barricaded so they shouldn't be able to get in while I sleep, but it doesn't stop me from hearing them all night! So some prayers for them to keep their distance and allow me some peace of mind the next few days would be wonderful! I appreciate you all!