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  • Week in the Life of a VolunteerEver looked back at something, thinking it was just so odd? As my time in Lusaka is rapidly nearing it's end, the oddness of everything seems to have trebled. I keep seeing things that I wish I could just tape Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Jan 25, 2009
  • ...But a Black JanuaryIn January, everything is quite bleak. It is, by far, the most boring month; people return to their offices, bleary and depressed, to find that the tinsel that circles their desk and which looked so festive last month simply seems Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Jan 16, 2009
  • Almost RoseyWhen the shock of living in the ugliest city in the world had finally settled in, about two weeks after I arrived to Lusaka in early September, I started counting down the days until I get to go travelling. At Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Dec 16, 2008
  • The Token White ChickMaybe I'm a bit naive, but I never really paid much attention to skin colour in general in Europe. I was certainly never particularly aware of being white. It's not like I looked in the mirror and thought, right, I'm Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Dec 13, 2008
  • Danish Pig Fest in LusakaLast Friday morning, I had just finished reading the newspaper, biased and poorly-written like every day, and was wondering how I should spend the remaining seven hours of the day, when our director walked in. "Maaret. We've been invited to the Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Dec 6, 2008
  • Conversations With Cultural Differences"Do you have a boyfriend?” The very young man sitting across from my desk asked. It was silent, except for the rain pouring down; a very damp, grey Tuesday afternoon, and it reminded me of autumn back home. Our yard Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Dec 1, 2008
  • Where There's a Will, There's a PubTwo weeks ago, Hanna and I got very very fed up with Lusaka. So fed up, in fact, that we had to get away. To anywhere. I was tired of getting home in the evenings after fighting my way through Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Nov 26, 2008
  • (Funny?) Tales of the CityI spend half my life in Zambia waiting. I wait for buses, for people, for something to happen. It's hot, mid afternoon, and I'm trying to gather up my colleagues, trying to usher them together in the middle of the Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Nov 12, 2008
  • A Hippo Under the TentLast month, when I first met the Polish Mafia, we had a great idea. We decided to do a road trip to South Luangwa National Park in the Eastern Province. Naturally, I took charge of the plan, picked a weekend Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Nov 6, 2008
  • On the Verge of New Zambia?The tension on the high street's growing by the hour. People are more animated and vocal, and the population of Lusaka has seemingly tripled. I am at an internet cafe on the 11th floor in a city-centre high riser, and Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Oct 29, 2008
  • Lusaka MorningsIt is hardly past seven a.m., but every living creature is already seeking shade and breeze. I pause quickly by the front gate, before venturing out into the world; I feel like a lion about to leave the zoo cage Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Oct 23, 2008
  • The Great Visa Chase, Chapter 2The guy with the rifle slung across his chest taps me on the shoulder. He doesn't say anything, but just looks at me vacantly and gesticulates. I'm standing in the shade, and obviously a little too close to the ATM Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Oct 13, 2008
  • It's not Negativity, But Just the Way It IsI was finishing my last class today, in our baking oven -style classroom, where the computers churn and add even extra heat to the already impossible work environment. I'd sent the girls home- my favourite class, the tailoring section girls, Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Oct 10, 2008
  • Polish Mafia Meets Future HusbandIt's getting ridiculously hot. I know I've been a bit smug about the nice weather here, but the last few weeks, it's gone past my comfort threshold. In the evenings, I sit outside on the porch of the electricity-less house, Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Oct 2, 2008
  • Kitchen Parties and the Agony of Love"oh my god, you are stressing yourself out", my boss said today when I came into my office holding a pile of paper I just copied. We had electricity for two hours today, which is good, and I managed to Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Sep 16, 2008
  • First Day of SchoolEver had one of those middle-of-the-night sudden awakenings when you can't remember where you are? I have them often, sort of an occupational hazard, I think. I couldn't think who I was or, indeed, place myself for the life of Posted by Ofelia in Where is Maaret? | Sep 10, 2008
  • KuombokaAnd so to the mythical ceremony of Kuomboka. Happily, it wasn't even mythical. It was a real ceremony. We even turned up on the correct weekend. Will wonders never cease?! Partly because we had no firm information about, well, pretty much Posted by Gelli in Gelli goes South-ish | May 11, 2009
  • The horror of getting olderIn my original vague outline of what might one-day have become an idea, I wasn't actually planning on visiting Zambia at this point in my trip at all. But having been told about this mythical ceremony called Kuomboka and being Posted by Gelli in Gelli goes South-ish | May 11, 2009
  • The delights of city planningI'm not exactly sure who designed and built Lusaka, but if i had to guess i would say nobody at all. I would guess that it was designed as some kind of cunning social experiment, as curiously, Lusaka, a populous Posted by Gelli in Gelli goes South-ish | May 11, 2009
  • The wonders of Zambian transportWhen I look back at Zambia in weeks or years time and i'm asked (or, more likely, i get very drunk and decide to share my “wisdom” with the world) what i remember most about Zambian public transport, I'm not Posted by Gelli in Gelli goes South-ish | Apr 23, 2009
  • I've always wanted a power shower but...And then there was 3, and I was down to but a single Finnish girl. A very cute Finnish girl, granted, but still just a single Finnish girl. Which after having 3 for so long, comes both a a relief Posted by Gelli in Gelli goes South-ish | Apr 22, 2009
  • Flight over the FallsUltralight Flight Zim still offers it’s fair share of activities to challenge most adrenalin junkies. You can bungee jump into oblivion, canoe the upper Zambezi, white water raft and jet boat the lower Zambezi, whizz across Batoka Gorge Posted by hilarywh in Zimbabwe ...and a little bit of Zambia | Apr 5, 2009
  • Another Lion Walk!Lion Walk Owned by African Encounter (same project as the one in Gweru), there are 10 walking lions at Mosi-au-Tunya NP so using my contacts from Antelope Park I secured a day with the lions in Zambia. It’s a very Posted by hilarywh in Zimbabwe ...and a little bit of Zambia | Apr 5, 2009
  • Livingstone, I presume?Parting Ways Said goodbye to our big orange bus, John, Dumile and Innocent, as well as Rosh and Nosh who were heading home via Kruger National Park in South Africa for some up-market game viewing. Have fun guys! Hitting the town Ha Posted by deepaksuma in Running 'round the world | Apr 11, 2009
  • Into ZambiaInto Zambia Crossed the border into Zambia this morning by the Kazalunga ferry across the Zambezi - the junction of 4 countries (Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe). The difference between Botswana and Zambia was telling, with the poverty an Posted by deepaksuma in Running 'round the world | Apr 11, 2009

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