Day 1: Settling in….

Three students attended early church services from 8:30 – 10am – it was a great cultural experience for them and they enjoyed the service and said the choir was really good.

We left for the Arcades mall at 11:00. Our first stop was the money exchange bureau and ATM machines, and with some perseverance (only VISA cards worked at one ATM machine, but we found another; and the first bureau had no kwacha, but we found another bureau also!) everyone was able to get money.

I also got a SIM card and talk time so I am all set to make local calls and texts as needed to communicate with our community partners, driver etc. Then we got lunch at a café right there at the Arcades. It was a nice first group lunch for all of us, sitting outside on a beautiful day!

Lunch at the Arcades mall

Lunch at the Arcades mall

After lunch was shopping time! The Sunday market was in full swing in the Arcades parking lot. There were tents and folks selling all kinds of crafts from wooden carvings, to chitenge fabric, wall paintings, beads, bracelets etc. etc. The students had a good time bartering and buying souvenirs.

Sunday market at the Arcades mall parking lot

Sunday market at the Arcades mall parking lot

Next was grocery shopping for all the lunches for this week. Jenn and I did a massive shopping for lunch for 4 days, Tues – Friday, buying bread, PB, jelly, fruit, chips, cookies and lots of water. Students bought extra water. By the time Jenn and I rolled the shopping carts to the bus, I felt like we were their mothers, buying all this food for them! 🙂

The food for lunches: note the 12 large jugs of water!

The food for lunches: note the 12 large jugs of water!

Emmie was waiting for us on time at 4pm and we loaded the bus and came back to the lodge. We also had a very nice evening: we split into 2 groups, one group of six runners and the rest of us (8) who took a leisurely walk, with everyone taking lots of pictures.

The running group in action!

The running group in action!

And the more sedate walking group :)

And the more sedate walking group 🙂

Back to the lodge at 6pm and another brief break before the welcome dinner at the lodge with our primary community partner Alfred Mwamba, who came by about 7:15pm. Without Alfred, and the group of students who enrolled for SLHS in Zambia,  this program would not have happened! The menu included nshima, and also rice, potatoes, vegetables, grilled chicken, beef, eggs and baked beans and fruit. It was a very pleasant evening.

Dining room at the Zebra Guest House

Dining room at the Zebra Guest House

The buffet dinner!

The buffet dinner with Chef Clement in the back

The students seemed to enjoy the day – they liked the bartering at the market, and also the walk/run, and also appreciated the time to settle in before staring the actual program tomorrow.  Tomorrow, we will be at Beit Cure Hospital all day, and it will be a whole new and interesting experience!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sibks
    May 20, 2013 @ 01:17:27

    What a great first day! Your photos are wonderful and we look forward to your blog. All the best. Kathy and Steve

    Reply

  2. moneymakersall
    May 20, 2013 @ 09:32:08

    This is how study abroad is done!!

    Dave

    lkrish64 posted: “Three students attended early church services from 8:30 10am it was a great cultural experience for them and they enjoyed the service and said the choir was really good. We left for the Arcades mall at 11:00. Our first stop was the money exchange b”

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    • lkrish64
      May 20, 2013 @ 10:35:31

      Thanks Dave! Wait till you see today’s blog posting – hopefully coming up tonight. We had a wonderful first working day! ________________________________________

      Reply

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