Business Trip part 3

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Vine Lodge

Flag of Zambia  ,
Friday, November 11, 2011

I have taken a lot of buses on my quest through the African continent but I didn't expect this bus ride would ask the most me. Getting on the bus at 13 hrs and arriving the next morning at 8.30!!! Almost 20 hrs of Zambian horror including a bus breakdown, no dinner aand sleeping 1 hour on the ground in the bus. I am a tough guy but this is something I wouldn’t do again.

But ok, arrived as a broken and dirty man in Ndola and needed nschima (aka Ugali/ pap) desperately. Got a good meal at 9 in the morning and after went looking for a place to stay. Found a spot at the Vine Lodge and slept from 10.30 to 12.30 because my (lovely) boss made an appointment at our business partner at 13.30 hrs. But ok 2 hours sleep did me well and I went to the business partner to give a presentation on what happened at the mine etc. In stead of 1 guy I was asked to give the presentation to the Country Manager, Operational Manager, Security Manager and my contact there. I got good reactions and was very welcome next time.

This appointment was not the only one today because I also met with our transportation company which is run by mr Webby. A nice guy with which I drank a beer and discussed the contract. During this evening Sounded good and he already called me his 'brother’ so that’s a good base for doing business. I got some great news since my Dutch very good friend Michel called me to say that he became a father of twins, 2 boys. I felt very proud and was very happy for him and his wife and appreciated his call very much. After another exhausting day went for a proper night of sleep and in the morning took the bus back to Lusaka. What a trip!!!?!?!
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