Welcome to Zambia, Kelly and Elizabeth!
December 6, 2011 § 2 Comments
We have been delighted to host some dear friends from Seattle. My dear old friend and room mate Kelly arrived yesterday!! It was such a blessing to see her on the African continent after a long period of time. We are also joined by Elizabeth, who is doing the Peace Corps in Malawi and took a 14+ hour bus ride to get to Lusaka with only 2 bathroom stops to get here (!!). Elizabeth was a friend and mentor to Kelly and I in nursing school and at the City Church in Seattle. It’s very cool to all be reunited as nurses in Africa together.
Kelly came here after a week in Italy visiting another friend and had to adjust to yet another culture in less than 2 weeks time. Elizabeth has been shocked in a different way at how developed Zambia is compared to her village and city of Lilongwe in Malawi. Yes, Zambia is “Africa light” but I love it her and am proud to show off my city to my friends. So I baptized them properly into Lusaka life with a full day.
The ladies and I got dressed up in chitenges for our journey via minibus into the downtown shopping district of Lusaka. Many people complimented (and commented) about us mzungus dressed up in chitenges. It’s about $1.00 to ride into town on the minibus. But the lines only run east and west so you have to ride all the way into “town” at the central station and switch buses to go north and south. We shopped at Kamwala, which is known as the shopping district of Lusaka where most of the shops with local and imported goods are sold.
Oh and in case you were wondering about our quilts, here is one! They are made by a local community based organization and are constructed from chitenge fabric as well. I hope President Bush liked them! 😉