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1 november 2012
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So, almost 2 months have passed and off course my life wasn’t on hold during that time. I have had the privilege to join some students who are studying environmental health on their study tour here in Petauke. We went to visit Petauke Boarding School, the Abattoir and the Eastern Water & Sewerage Treatment Plant. All very interesting and I learned a lot (how I am glad I didn’t went to boarding school in Africa (or elsewhere), how you have to make sure animals are investigated pre and post slaughtering in order to serve healthy meat, how water needs to be processed and how it is done before it is even ready for ‘consumption’). We were supposed to go visit Petauke Prisons to, which I was very excited about, but unfortunately time didn’t allow us to fit it in the busy programme. Maybe my day will come
Next to that I was invited to attend the Councillors orientation on their job/duties. A 3-day workshop (of which I only did the last 2 ones due to a visit to Immigration in Chipata) where Councillors were educated in their roles and duties in the Council. I already knew quite a bit before attending the workshop but after completing the workshop I had an ever better view on how councils operate. Made me think back to the days I was a student and took the subject Openbare Financiën. Similarities arose.
Besides working I had to make sure I had fun and believe me, I had. I went to Chipata a couple of times to party a bit. Chipata has some nice places where people dance until the early hours and guess who was among them… ME! Tiresome but great In Petauke friends gathered to have braais: goat meat, beef and pork D.E.L.I.C.I.O.US.
Other Zambian fun was to be found at the Fundraising Event we organised for Petauke United Football Club. The 2 famous comedians Difikoti and Bikiloni were invited to Petauke to entertain the people. The first night went well and a lot of people showed up. The second day was a bit less successful but we managed to give some good entertainment to the children (or as some parents say ‘the chaps’) of Petauke. Organising the event was demanding and made me run up and down the whole week but seeing people smile and have fun made it all worth.
24th October was Independence Day in Zambia and as always, Zambians know how to throw a party. I was one of the lucky people to attend Oliver Mtukuzi’s Show in Lusaka. To make sure we had the time of our life we invested in a V.I.P.-ticket worth 250,000 Kwacha. For Zambians a lot of money as it is for me with my allowance as a volunteer but sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do Dance groups, cover bands and Oliver Mtukuzi made a windy night the most perfect Independence Eve. The show started at 19.30 and ended past 1.00. No hard feelings about the money spent!
Last weekend we had a Kitchen Party for the sister of one of my colleagues. I was part of the Committee (read organising committee) and as a result of that I ended up in the line up with all my other female colleagues. We bought the same chitenge material and had our dresses made (which caused me and Bester some stress in the end because our tailor didn’t feel like making our dresses so last last last minute we had to take all the material to another tailor). On the day of the event we were expected to guide the groom to the bride and guess what: I had to dance! Since I had been practising the Zambian way of dancing in Chipata I luckily didn’t make to much of a fool of myself and the crowd was pleased. Dancing down the isle, on stage, in the middle of the crowd,… all was expected and I did it! Not liking to be in the centre of the attention I’m happy I did it and I made it. Since I was dancing myself I couldn’t take any pictures or shoot any video so I’m still waiting for some evidence of my act
Not only did I have fun in Zambia but also in Malawi. Passing the boarder took some time because of all kind of administrative issues to be handled but once that was done Malawi welcomed us with some nice temperatures (41 degrees!) and even more warmer people. After stopping over in the capital, Lilongwe, doing some shopping, having some nice food and drinks, the village of Salima waited. Salima is a small village at Lake Malawi where woodcraft and weaving are to be found. Villagers go fishing on the Lake so fresh fish guaranteed for lunch and dinner. Some relaxing days were spent close to the pool and the Lake before heading back to Zambia.
Today, 1st November, in Belgium a public holiday. In Zambia, the start of the rainy season and believe me I’ve seen some rain. The good thing about it is that temperatures cool down a bit and the dust doesn’t get a chance anymore.
Only a couple of weeks more to go before my contract finishes here. This week I had a very positive evaluation from the Council employees and their appreciation makes me feel happy. Knowing that I will have to leave this country by the end of the year makes me sad but that’s why I’m going to make the most of it. I’ll have some more splendid weeks in Petauke (a wedding next week ), travel around some more (Zanzibar is on the list), meet some friends and just have fun wherever I am and whoever I am with.
Tekye and kip hapi (Zambian English for : Take care and keep happy )
4 november 2012 19:41 | Door: Anne - Britt - Patrick
Helaas loopt je contract bijna ten einde. Misschien is er toch nog wel een kans op verlenging. Een goede werkkracht laat men niet zomaar gaan. Toch nog even ter herinnering als je in Belgie vergeet dan niet met ons af te spreken. Geniet nog heel veel van dat mooie land.
Groetjes van ons drie.
5 november 2012 11:23 | Door: Nele
Babsie; of Blabla :)
Voor jou spijtig dat het erop zit
Voor ons... joepie, ze komt terug ! EINDELIJK !!!
Geniet er nog van en tot snel snel snel