Settling into Lusaka

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Landing in Lusaka

I arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday with the original plan to spend a couple of days in Cape Town before going onto Zambia. But I had to scrap that plan at the last minute and fly the same day to Lusaka. I hope to visit Cape Town on the tail end of my trip when I return to Johannesburg next month.

I flew South African Airlines to Zambia, along with Travis and Lydia (who I’ve worked with the last two years). The Lusaka International Airport is not a huge airport, but the people are friendly and helpful, and the airport is clean and secure.

Stepping outside and onto Zambia ground for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm temperature. This is winter time here, but at 70F it sure didn’t seem like winter. One of our drivers met us at pickup and drove us to the TAJ Pomodzi Hotel, normally a 20 minute drive, but longer this time because of the traffic. People drive on the left side here, but pedestrians walk anywhere they can. And like many other countries in Africa, driving is somewhat chaotic in the city.

The TAJ Pomodzi is a very nice hotel; I would guess a 4 or 5 star. The huge lobby is decorated with many local cultural pieces of art. The staff is very eager to help the guests, but I get the impression that not everything is professional. For one thing, the female employees have flirted from the minute we arrived. We were told that they’re probably looking for a one-way ticket out of Zambia, and anyone who can afford to stay here is rich and has the means to take them away. But aside from that, the restaurant has great food. They also have a health club, lounge, room service, and wireless internet. The internet was not so good the first night, but now it is much faster.

I retired early. I was so exhausted, as I didn’t get much sleep on the 24 hour flight to Johannesburg. And on Monday morning we would be meeting early at the Zambia UN headquarters where the local UNICEF offices are located.

 

klaartje1968 says:
Well, I get my answers here I see!
Posted on: Jun 19, 2009
pearcetoyou says:
Yes, they do, Joey! In fact, Zambia just beat Rwanda in a World Cup qualifying match today. The Zambians were out celebrating tonight!! haha
Posted on: Jun 06, 2009
Africancrab says:
Have fun, Zambians are very friendly people and despite their plight with Aids and poverty gap, they are a hospitable and cheerful people. Great blogs as always, love reading them. When you get time you should go visit my country, you will have fun. My sister Anita will be glad to host you, her TB profile is (Lonyo)
Posted on: Jun 06, 2009
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Landing in Lusaka
Landing in Lusaka
Log-in screen at the internet cafe…
Log-in screen at the internet caf…
View from my room
View from my room
View from my room
View from my room
Subway...I ate here today!
Subway...I ate here today!
The hotel where we are stayinig
The hotel where we are stayinig
The hotel pool...too cool to pool,…
The hotel pool...too cool to pool…
Lusaka traffic
Lusaka traffic
UN and UNICEF building in Lusaka
UN and UNICEF building in Lusaka
The Zambia flag
The Zambia flag
Subway at the Manda Hill shopping …
Subway at the Manda Hill shopping…
Interesting sign in Lusaka
Interesting sign in Lusaka
Airport
Airport
Lusaka airport
Lusaka airport
Lobby at hotel
Lobby at hotel
Another part of the hotel lobby
Another part of the hotel lobby
Menu at the hotel restaurant
Menu at the hotel restaurant
Lusaka
photo by: pearcetoyou