Lusaka, Zambia

Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Apparently Marlene and Vistor saw a couple of albino people yesterday.  Victor said even until very recently there have been issues with albinos in Tanzania.  Originally albinos, lame children, and conjoined twins were put out in the woods for hyenas.  Now people think that albinos have special powers and bad people capture and kill or trade the people.  Because of this, there are rules that do not even permit for people to talk in public about albinos.  You can be arrested or put in jail, so we were told to be careful what we were talking about.  To me this seems very strange and something that would have never even been thought of in the United States.  
    Got up this morning at 5:00am, took down the tent, and put our sleeping bags in our seats so that we could sleep on the road.  Breakfast was toast, eggs, cereal, bananas, and baked beans.  At 5:40 Victor told us to hurry up and start doing the dishes.  Not much makes Miles upset, but he too thought it was rude since we had only been eating for 5 minutes.  We left right on time, in fact the four of us were actually five minutes early getting on the truck.  I slept for about 2.5 hours to help time pass and I knew at least part of that time others tried to sleep.  The huts here are round with a grass roof and they have either round animal pens or food holding areas.  Bush stop couldn't have come soon enough at 9:00. Shortly after we saw a semi full of board lumber turned over and about 100 people were gathered around.  Then we slammed on the breaks again because we almost hit a baby piglet.  There are some cool fences made from sticks being woven.  We stopped for charcoal along the road and a woman with a baby on back came running like crazy.  They didn't want us talking pictures but within two minutes there were two women with babies on their backs and about 20 little kids under the age of 10.  I took a jump rope to them, showed them how to do it, then Victor demonstrated how to run in when two people are twirling the rope.   They looked at us like we were aliens, probably because they do not regularly see white people.  we passed over the Luangwa River.  We went over a suspension bridge but there is a rule that you can't take a picture of it.  There are some weird rules in Africa, but we are told not to question it.  We stopped at a little town next to the river.  We stopped in the town Luangwa and had to borrow money from Victor.  He told us that we did not need to get any money at the border, then we had the chance to buy local stuff.  We got a hand woven baskets for 5000 and 10,000 Zambian Kwacha which  is $1 and $2.  I wish that we would have had more time and more money.  We spent $9 and got 5 items.  If only Lusaka has such good deals.  Stopped for lunch around 12:30 and we are really in a routine now.  Kioko heated up spaghetti and vegetables, Miles and I cut up vegetables, and Marlene got the meat and cheese ready.  We ate, did the dishes, cleaned up, and were ready to go in 35 minutes.  We stopped at a very modern shopping center in Lusake and had one hour.  It was not the kind of stuff we were looking for so I was very disappointed.  We got ice cream for about 80 cents, then bought 7up, chips, and turmeric.  There was a casino so we got a few chips to take home.  Breezed right throught the city center where there were tons of street vendors.  Stopped for gas on the outskirts and put in 1.125 million Zambian Kwacha worth.  We arrived at camp at 5:30.  There were lots of impala and a few zebra because the campground butts up to some sort of wildlife area.  The place we stayed is called Eureka.  It was about 10 km outside of Lusaka.  The little chalets were nice and the bar area was cool.  They had a pool table and swimming pool.  Dinner was supposed to be at 7:00, however at 7:40 we still hadn't eaten and I realized this so I entered a bunch of geocaches and got my shower.  DInner was steak, mashed potato, eggplant, and spinach.  At the end of dinner Victor gave us the history of Zambia.  Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia.  David Livingstone came in 1855 and saw the waterfall.  He liked what he saw so he named it for Queen Victoria.  In 1895 he requested an American scout names Fredrick to come to Zambia to help navigate the rivers that were the tributaries to the Zambezi.  A copper belt was found in the Northwest.  After 1888 the British had talked to local leaders and got permission to get minerals from the land.  In 1911, the British combined North and South Rhodesia.  In 1953, the Central African Federation was formed with Nassaland (Malawi), North Rhodesia (Zambia) and South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).  Later there became two parties : the African National Conference and United National Independence Party.  It was 1960.  In 1963 there was the  1st and only Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia.  In 1964, Zambia got independence and created the name from Zambezi which means river of Gods.  The Zambezi is the 3rd largest river in Africa behind the Nile and the Congo.  In 1964, they entered the Olympics as North Rhodesia and by the end of the Olympic games they were a country called Zambia.  They only had one leader until 1977 when he started making rules for a one party system.  In 1990, there were demonstrations and in 1991 it was back to a multi-party state.  In 1991 Fredrick Chulumba became leader and served two terms until 2002.  He wanted to run for a 3rd term but the people didn't want that, so he stepped down.  The next leader served from 2002-2008 but died in office, so a guy named Banda served from 2008-2011.   Currently the new president is Michael Soter.  Economically, they rely on minerals including copper.  44% of the population live in either the copper belt in the north or Lusaka/Livingstone.  That was the end of Victor's history lesson.  We did the dishes, Miles showered, then we went to bed.

Budget  $50            Food- 49400 ZK                Exchange Rate: $1=5000 ZK
Spent $19               Souvenirs- 45000 ZK
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Stephanie (Reed) Brooks on

Very fun that you are in Zambia!! My husband and I went to Lusaka in March and went to Victoria Falls. Watch out of the baboons if you go there! :) The safari in Botswana is AMAZING if you have time to go!
Hope you have a fun, safe trip!

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