Monday, September 10, 2012

Compounds and Contrast

This photo was making its way around Facebook a few months ago - or at least among users interested in Angola. It is an aerial image of the President´s mother´s compound. From the main road seen to the right, you can´t see much more than a steep, manicured hill. But the view from above lets you see to extent to which luxury and poverty co-exist in Luanda.

I don´t know who took the photo or who originally posted it on the internet, or else I would credit them.

Sunday, June 10, 2012



Sunday, May 13, 2012

At the bus station in Lusaka.

This is where Lindsey stayed in Lusaka for the month she was working there. The floor pattern on the verandah was really beautiful. If you look closely enough, you can see there is a design of women carrying things on their heads.

Zambia: The Zambezi River

After Lindsey and I saw the falls, we spent some time on the Zambezi River, but way upriver, not so close to the falls that we could have fallen over!

We took a sunset cruise on the Lady Livingstone.

A wedding party at the Livingstone Lodge.

The Zambezi Yacht Club

A hippo

The pool at the Livingstone Lodge. (This is not where we stayed)

An elephant-shaped lamp in our room at the hostel 

The next day we took a canoe trip on the Zambezi. We thought we would just ride in the same boat together, but then we saw how wide the river is and how fast the current, and then the guide started talking about hippos and crocodiles and we agreed to each ride in a canoe with a guide.


A baboon on the bank of the river

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Zambia: Victoria Falls

In April I went to Zambia for a week to visit my friend Lindsey, who had been there for the month. We took a trip to Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River falls into a gorge right on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The local name for the falls is Mosi oa Tunya, which means "The Smoke that Thunders." You can see the mist coming off the falls from miles away - even from the downtown of Livingstone, the town closest to them. From this picture, you can see the mist coming from across the river. From this point you can hear the water too.

Zebras at the park entrance.

 This group of Zambian teachers liked the way I looked, for some reason, and decided they wanted a picture with me. Lindsey snapped a shot too. I´m not really sure why they wanted the picture, but I can say that everyone at the falls was so friendly it was infectious. Everyone said hello to everyone they passed on the trails. We also laughed at each other for getting soaking wet in the mist.

You can hike down to the bottom of the gorge. You can´t quite see where the water hits the bottom, but you can see where it pushes out of the gorge and makes a fierce whirlpool.

We encountered a large group of school children. Their teacher was making them hurry and climb back up the path.