Zambia: Day One – Welcome Home

Background: Recent extracts from my travel journal taken at the end of each day whilst on holiday in Zambia, my home country. Enjoy!

Day One:

Welcome back to Zambia! Welcome back to Africa! That’s what today was all about for my mum and I, my first trip home in just over 5 years. The excitement was building in the days and weeks leading up to today, but finally it was here. Several events along the way threatened to kill the mood, but nothing could ever dampen the spirit of being back in ‘the motherland.’

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya

First bit of sunshine: while waiting for a connecting flight to Lusaka, the sun came out to full height within minutes. I mean minutes! From pitch black when we arrived to full height, blazing hot sunshine. This is something I guess we took for granted before being exposed to the ever changing British climate.

Lusaka, Zambia

New airport terminal going up at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka. Looking forward to seeing it complete.

Airport road back to Lusaka. It’s very green as its the rainy season.

Garden City shopping mall, heading East out of Lusaka.

La Familia

I don’t really like posting pictures of family or friends on WordPress as it’s such a public domain, but we were met with lots of warm hugs, smiley faces and heart-felt joy. There’s a real sense of joy and community in Zambia like no other. Maybe I’m just biased, but I genuinely think that despite any challenges we may face, Zambians must be among the happiest people on earth.

Not all good though

Unfortunately, day one was tainted with much incident and frustration. From my bank card being blocked in transit to luggage being tampered with before leaving (in the name of security checks), it wasn’t the perfect start we had hoped for. To add to this, a car carelessly but not seriously bumped into us at a junction (all involved were ok, thankfully). A few hours of endless ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ over the issue whilst adjusting to the boiling hot weather and we were finally on our way. Unfortunately, it was now night time and the day was gone after what felt like a wasted afternoon.

Good way to end the day though

The best way to end any day in Zambia, no matter how stressful, is to soak up an amazing sunset. At just 15° latitude South, almost every sunset is dramatic and spectacular.


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)

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