After a few days bobbing about the Ku-Umboka Backpackers we headed over to stay with a friend of Molly’s, Val. The plan was to actually stop. Not move around, cook, eat and generally have a quick taste as to what regular life was like again.

Val, our host, is a good friend of Molly’s. She has a heart of gold, great sense of humour and the perfect type to be on the ground in Zambia helping people improve their standard of living. A real NGO type. She has positively amazing mental attitude, and with Anayawa and Mark, is getting the job done. It was en eye-opener to watch them in action. Naturally they were chomping at the bit to get us out to experience the Lusaka night-life. At least, Anayawa was. And to no avail. We just wanted to cook, eat and sleep. While there we caught up with a famous Zambian painter called Stary Mwaba. I’d met him before in Dublin at a gallery night. Quiet and funny, he was his usual self and I enjoyed him immensely. All of the crew there, (even Zambian rapper called Choklate!) were just the tonic we needed.

So, after two weeks there eating and drinking it was time to move on. Livingstone and Vic Falls next up. For those who don’t know, just south of Livingstone, the Zambezi River holds an international border between, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. At which point there is Victoria Falls. The Falls are on the Zambian side and the best view point (in my opinion) is on the Zimbabwe side. We headed down to the national park situated on the edge of the falls and spent the day walking, and sometimes hiking about the park. This time I found that the falls were far fuller and thus more impressive than last time I saw them . Under the eternal gaze of an imposing bronze statue of Dr. David Livingstone they are a noisy and gigantic sight to behold. It was good to be back at Mosi oa Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders.

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