Sam Bowker: The Grand Tour Diary (2005 - 2006)

This is the archived journal of a 2005-2006 'Grand Tour' around the Eastern Mediterranean and along East Africa, written by Sam Bowker, whilst in search of his PhD topic.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Zambia - Lusaka

Dedicated to the Buff Slush of BC2006

In Lusaka now, the capital of Zambia, and for the first time I'm sending this to you from a supermarket. It's just like typing away in Coles.

On arrival to the spacious but fairly grubby city CBD, with consipicuously more carparks than cars, an Egyptian imam eating icecream with a spoon managed to drive into the side of the turck. No damage was done to us, but we ended up driving around the CBD area in loops following a police car and working out bribes.

We're heading off to Malawi over the next two days, where we shall spend a few days by the inland sea of Lake Malawi. A superb snorkeling, diving, and chair-making site. The truck population has been reshuffled, all great people (although I don't yet know all of them yet). Of the fifteen of us, about six are medical students or young doctors. So we can do whatever we like to the local wildlife, and get an expert opinion on our exotic tropical disease collection! Huzzah!

I've been curio shopping in Livingstone market, barely wider than a corridor, where every vendor knew my name and nationality by the time I reached there stall. Interesting times and friendly bargaining in tens of thousands of kwacha.

Must be off, I need to buy rusks, beer and apples.

PS - The shifty laundry dealers were very popular with my truck mates, seven of whom hefted massive sacks of laundry to them the next day.


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