It Roars and Thunders..The Big Kahuna

Trip Start Nov 05, 2010
Trip End Mar 27, 2013

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hi from Zambia!

Bigger than the ¨Honeymoon Capital of the World,¨ Niagara falls...'Mosi-oa-Tunya,' also known as Victoria Falls, is one of the largest falls in the world. It is located in Southern Zambia in between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Someone once said the water fall can be described as the 'smoke that thunders.' There is good reason for this, as the falls thunders like there is a big storm crashing on the earth creating a micro climate with a continuation of rain. It was worth the visit, for $40US each we spent a few hours walking around the falls taking in all the sights and sounds.

In the middle of the falls there was a slippery bridge where we could get a closer look. We didn't bring any rain coats so after two minutes on the bridge we were soaking wet. The water from the falls just poured on us with constant pressure, there was no way we could take any decent pictures so we decided to snap some photos near the top of the mountain. Even still, it was a beautiful sight even from below.

On one of the paths, we encountered some Macacs which were blocking our way. We walked around them trying not to step on them. Dasha felt like we were in the movie, 'Planet of the Apes' as some of the Macacs looked scary and huge. They had this dominant scare that make your hair stand straight!!! Even the local Zambian people walked behind us as they were afraid of the monkeys. We were used to local wildlife and had our share of monkey business so we kept moving forward. Perhaps after 500 metres, we noticed a mommy Macac with a baby in the path. Sasha tried to walk around her and the silver back came charging at him. We knew that was a sign to turn back. This was no longer easy street.

The Mosi-oa-Tunya is breath-takingly beautiful and compares to no other waterfall we have ever seen. Amazing natural wonder, indeed!

On our second day we went on a African cultural tour with our guide Lydia. She took us to a local African market where we learned about African fruits, veggies and meat. She was very wise and determined young woman who was focused on sharing her culture with us. We got a chance to shop in the market and talk to some of her fellow vendors. It was an eye-opening experience as we never got to see this side of Zambia which is so rural, traditional and untouched by the tourism. We watched locals interact with each other and how busy the vendors were even though they managed to stop to speak with us. After we purchased almost 10 bag of fruits and veggies we headed to the lodge to cook in the back yard.

It is said once a woman is married, 'the pot belongs to her.' Meaning she is in charge of cooking and that no man (including her husband and any sons) are allowed in the kitchen.  The only time a man is allowed to cook is if the woman is sick or pregnant. Sasha thought that was a good idea although he enjoyed cooking as well. We must've spent 2 hours just doing prep work from chopping, cutting, twisting leaves off the plants and cooking the dishes. By the time we were through, we had almost 10 different dishes. Bitter leaves, potatoes leaves, kale, okra, and other Zambian plants were fried and sauteed. Some with salt, tomatoes and oil and others with ground nuts. Although Zambians don't cook with any other spices, except salt, surprisingly the dishes tasted good, yet different. Lydia loved cooking and she happily shared her recipes with her so we could try to make it back home.

'Nshima' is a white porridge made with hot water, sorghum and sodium bicarbonate. After constant mixing, it become a porridge in which Zambians use as a staple meal. Similiar to how some Westerns eat potatoes, rice or bread with a main entree. In Africa, it´s all about the nshima. As the pictures show, nshima is eaten with all meals, vegetables and/or meat. You must pick some nshima, roll it in a ball, than press some veggies or meat on top and voila. Ready for eating at a Zambian food table.

Here is a list what we made today.
  • nsima,
  • pumpkin leaf with peanuts,
  • pumpkin leaf sauteed,
  • rape with peanuts,
  • rape sauteed,
  • bitter leaf sauteed,
  • dried bitter leaf boiled,
  • dried okra leaves sauteed,
  • okra boiled with soda and tomatoes,
  • sweet potato leaves sauteed,
  • natural wild greens sauteed,
  • eggs with tomato and onion,
The meal was delicious!!! We couldn't believe how tasty all the dishes were! We did feel a little guilty about all the oil and salt used but what the hay! We´re only in Zambia this one time! It goes to show with a little variety and a pinch of salt here and there what flavors can come about in your mouth. Perfect for stimulating all the senses!

We wish we could write more but it's getting late and we wouldn't get caught walking the streets here at night.Forgive the spelling mistakes and all. We promise to update within the month or so.

Take care all!

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