In late August 2013, I had spent all but five of the previous 100 days in Mfuba Village. Staying in the village is the whole point of Community Entry.
Suddenly, though, I was traveling down to Lusaka for our 10-day Interim Service Training. Reconnecting with all my PCV friends whom I hadn’t seen in over three months. Eating delicious ethnic food. Slack-lining and playing American music. It was quite the adjustment.
Then came a gradual return to life in rural Zambia, visiting first my friend Samwell’s village, north of Mkushi, and then Kate’s village, north of Serenje. It was at Kate’s that I got my first real feeling of being on vacation: visiting beautiful Lake Lusiwasi, and Kundalila Falls – possibly the most beautiful natural sight I’d yet seen in Zambia.
Me & Adam pickin’ outside my hotel room, a favorite hang-out spot. And yes, it appears that I’ve become even more of a hippie here (but ya gotta love the skirt, right?)
Cultural exchange! Teaching our Zambian counterparts to slackline. Not surprisingly, most of them were better at it than most of us Americans.
Delicious, all-you-can-eat Indian food in Lusaka. OK, so I did kinda miss this stuff during my three months of Community Entry in Mfuba …
Watching the sunset at IST, in the early days of our service, with three of my best friends: me, Adam, Samuel, and Ryeon.
Samuel opening up his leaf-choked furrow to water his fields.
Samwell cooking ubwali at his place. It was our first time sharing ubwali since we were neighbors during training!
A traditional canoe on the shore of Lake Lusiwasi, in Kate’s backyard.
Abandoned home on Lake Lusiwasi, at PCV Kate’s site.
Samwell and Kate walking back from Lake Lusiwasi, in Kate’s village, at sunset.
I loved the way this rock looked: like some kind of frog Mayan rock carving.
Rocky, beautiful hike to Kundalila Falls!
Samwell and Kate looking down at the falls.
Samwell and me.
Pools downstream of the falls, where Kate and I jumped in VERY briefly. It was freaking cold! Shocking in a country with no snowmelt, but refreshing on a hot day.
Coincidentally, we ran into fellow PCVs Pete and Amanda at the falls, too. We were the only ones there, so it was a nice surprise.
Kate and Samwell enjoying our delicious lunch of jackfruit and salad from Kate’s garden.
Samuel waitin’ for a ride in the dust outside Serenje, on our way from his site to Kate’s.