Days 37 & 38

Saturday

On Saturday morning myself, Jack and Rob decided to educate ourselves with a trip to the Zambia National Museum. The ground floor was home to some very interesting art produced by Isaac Kalambata and a gallery of the late President Levy Mwanawasa, installed to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

Upstairs, we learned all about the formation of Zambia, the different tribes and origins of the people, as well as it’s colonisation, involvement in the slave trade and eventual independence and subsequent governance. There were some rather interesting items on display, including weapons and a display based on witchcraft – where descriptions had clearly been written as fact (we’re not convinced by the magic of the ‘Wooden ‘Bird’ Charm’).
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A model village showcasing what life was (and is) like on rural Zambia led us to an interesting exhibition with regards to the construction of the Tazara railway. Again, some very interesting information teamed with some… questionable artefacts.


Following the museum, we treated ourself to some shwarma and headed to a big market only to be shocked by the increase in chitenge prices comparative to those in Chipata. Myself and Jack gave in to the overpriced items and we all headed home for some much needed rest.

Sunday

Sunday may be a day of rest for some but not for us! The final layer of asphalt was being poured and so all four of us got up and headed to Chipata for the day – very exciting! As the layer had to be spread quickly to ensure an even pour, the work was finished rapidly and the workers left us at 12pm to go to another project whilst drying and cooling could take place.

As we were already on site, we set out finishing our mural – a heated debate broke out over the colours in which to write our names, with the decision even being put to a vote by the onlooking children. In the end, the result was too close to call and we settled on green and yellow! A compromise that ended in what we believe to be a complimentary set of colours.

Following the long day of painting (it only actually took around 2 hours, but we went for lunch in between) we started off on the long journey home, where our housemate Ceaser had prepared a Zambian ‘feast’ of traditional foods. Though we have already had our fair share of nshima this trip, there were still a few things left to try. Caterpillars turned out to be not so bad, although I don’t think I’ll be searching them out back in the UK. We got to try some ‘Shake Shake’, an alcoholic drink that is often described as a mixture of porridge and beer – our reaction to which was not pleasant.

Overall, a good last weekend in Zambia. And despite the fact I can still taste the Shake Shake at the back of my throat, I wouldn’t change a thing.

– Amy


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