Zambia: From One Side To The Other

The I.T. training was in full swing, made slightly more interesting when new people arrived who also hadn’t used a computer, so I had to cater for these ones as well as those that now had a few days experience. I did manage to get to see a different view of the complex though thanks to a friendly engineer.

The mobile network mast behind the church complex towered above everything around it.

The mobile network mast behind the church complex towered above everything around it.

I got chatting to a mobile network engineer called Louis that had just turned up to do some maintenance work, and after asking him to take me up to the top he agreed! So we climbed up - made slightly harder by carrying the camera in one hand but the views were well worth it.

I got chatting to a mobile network engineer called Louis that had just turned up to do some maintenance work, and after cheekily asking him to take me up to the top he agreed! So we climbed up – made slightly harder by carrying the camera in one hand but the views were well worth it.

Looking across towards the town of Kitwe

Looking across towards the town of Kitwe.

And that's me. Slightly out of breath but glad to get the opportunity to see the surrroundings from a different view.

And that’s me. Slightly out of breath but glad for the opportunity to see ┬áthe surroundings from a different view.

Lusaka

On Thursday I went by myself on a 6 1/2 hour coach journey to the capital of Zambia, Lusaka, to meet Farayi’s brother KC. He works in a government I.T. department doing programming and project management. Lusaka is different to Kitwe as there was many more buildings and commercial complexes. There is still the human touch though as during peak hours the police guide traffic at intersections like this one.

Something I had always wanted to see. KC had a meeting down in the south of Zambia, in Livingstone, so I got on another coach journey and 8 1/2 hours later we arrived. And it was well worth the travelling time as this is where the Victoria Falls are.

Something I had always wanted to see. KC had a meeting down in the south of Zambia, in Livingstone, so I got on another coach journey and 8 1/2 hours later we arrived. And it was well worth the travelling time as this is where the Victoria Falls are.

It was the end of the rainy season and water levels were very high, so it made for an incredible sight and sound. The huge volume of spray from the falls meant that visibility was poor.

It was the end of the rainy season and water levels were very high, so it made for an incredible sight and sound. The huge volume of spray from the falls meant that you couldn’t see across to the other side.

The bridge connecting Zambia to Zimbabwe.

The bridge connecting Zambia to Zimbabwe.

We wandered around enjoying the sights for a couple of hours till the sun set.

We wandered around enjoying the sights for a couple of hours till the sun set.

International Womens Day

On Saturday it was International Women’s Day, and that was the case in Livingstone too. Thousands of people packed into the centre to celebrate and wear very colourful dresses. Apart from the men.

Umbrella

Ladies

People here didn’t seem to mind being photographed unlike everywhere else in Zambia.

Tractor

A Massey Ferguson 275 at the market in Livingstone. This was a more traditional place away from the tourist designated centre.

Me-and-KC

Both dressed in our Sunday best. We were back in Lusaka for church on the Sunday. KC is a part of a large congregation of around 5,000 people, and there are two services to cater for them all. The guy leading this church was an American who had been here for around ten years.

Outside church

The Miracle Life church. This was vastly different to the previous week at the Harvest church, and despite my reservations about mega church and American pastors I found the teaching to be challenging, and the humble pastor humbled me.

Inside church

The church was well built from the congregations donations. They also ran several projects in Lusaka for orphans and street kids. Interestingly the sermon led straight into a gospel spot for people to give their lives to Jesus, and quite a few did. I came away from here having seen God at work but the place I felt at home in was the Harvest church and with its people.

Huts

I said goodbye to KC, glad of the time with him as he’s an important contact for future work here. I then met up with Farayi who was returning from Malawi and we travelled back to Kitwe together. On the way back I spotted the odd place that had traditional thatched roofs but most village housing now had corrugated sheets, electricity etc so sights like these were rare.

Tanzania to Zambia railway

The Tanzania to Zambia railway line.

We returned late on Sunday evening after the coach broke down resulting in a 9 hour journey, and then after a Skype call home I started preparing for the final few days of I.T. project work and filming.

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