Background: Recent extracts from my travel journal taken at the end of each day whilst on holiday in Zambia, my home country. Enjoy!
Another day, another trip. This time to my hometown of Kitwe from the capital city, Lusaka. Part 1 of the journey involved flying to Ndola from Lusaka (my first ever domestic flight within Zambia). This reduced a 4 hour + journey right down to 30-45 mins. Amazing!
Ndola, Zambia’s third largest city
The Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, named after the country’s late 3rd president, stands proudly alongside the Ndola to Kitwe carriageway. We arrived in Zambia the day after the Under 20’s national team had won the U20’s Africa Cup of Nations (or Afcon 2017). Days earlier, this impressive stadium hosted the semi final match between Senegal and Guinea.
The last time I visited Zambia in 2012, Zambia won the senior Africa Cup of Nations. If I was superstitious, I’d draw parallels betweeen my trips home and us winning tournaments and make my next trip during the Russia 2018 World Cup… 😁 who knows what could happen.
Anyway, I digress. This was Zambia’s maiden attempt at hosting a continental tournament and we won. Speaking on behalf of all Zambians ever born, this filled us with such immense joy and pride. #onetake
Ndola to Kitwe
Although tired and exhausted, it was such a joy to see familiar faces waiting to meet and greet us on arrival. So much catching up happened that picture taking became secondary, hence all the pictures on the road.
Today was the first day back to work for most people after a long weekend off.
Kitwe, at last…
And what a great feeling it was to enter my hometown after 5 years. That elevated view as you cross the Kafue River and the police wave you on; that petrol station by the Ndeke village roundabout; the unintentional shared space aspect of the road as pedestrians and cars converge; The nostalgia, the goosebumps, the memories all flooded back in as every single turn had its own unique memory. At last, I knew I was home.
Home sweet home
Finally, a chance to rest and reflect on the day gone by while eagerly anticipating the days ahead. The rest of the evening was relaxed, spent enjoying family and friends alike.
Join me tomorrow to find out what adventure lay ahead on day three..
“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1)