The Rest of Zambia

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N'cwala
Zambia is a fun spot. I spent a month and a half there. Lusaka is where I spent most of the time. I was mostly waiting for some new bike tubes (which never came, thanks REI!). It was nice to not be biking and be in a spot where other tourists only spend a day. Lusaka was a real normal city. I like it that way. People are real and it fun to see how they live.

I finally left Lusaka for the great east road. It was pretty hill at first. And the finally got flatter towards the end of Zambia.

I ran it to another Old Peace Corp Alum, she told me about this N'cwala ceremony happening in a few days up the road. It is to honor the chief and to do something with the harvest. It was most like a country fair to me. Just with traditional dancing and no livestock.

I also had a Valentine date. It was very fun to date from for Zambia. I made lunch and we set off for a picnic. We went to the local zoo. It was a very nice place, with landscaping and big trees. I made her some paper flowers. In the states, it had been a pretty nice date. But here it was very cheap and to her not very impressive. Paper flowers? Was I too cheap to buy real ones? She later threw them in the grass when she didn't think I notice. The picnic - again too cheap to take her out? Go to a park? Zambians spend all day outside. Who wants to go outside anymore? My favorite part was when I heard a cool bird call and said so. Her response was "Wow, you are so white".
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