Zambia: Day Four – Chilling

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

Day Four:

Chills, chills and more chills. The sun was out (again) and it was hot from as early as 8am. Earlier plans to do something fun fell through at the last minute, so the rest of the day was relaxed (which wasn’t the worst idea given all the recent travels).

Primary School Visit

I got to visit my primary school for only the second time since leaving 14yrs ago. So many memories flooded back as I walked around; sports days, classrooms, friends, teachers, swimming galas and so much more. While there were lots of changes, a lot of it still looked the same.

Out and about

To say some roads were better than others would be an understatement.


Took an evening stroll through Mukuba Mall, a large new mall built opposite one of our former homes. How convenient would that have been, ‘ey! The mall is built on the grounds of a former zoo.

Interesting to hear Christian music playing in the supermarket, something that just wouldn’t happen in England. Maybe at Christmas, but not randomly in March. One of my favourite songs by Hillsong called “Everlasting” played in Shoprite supermarket.

End of day four..

Another perfect way to end the day, sat round, laughing, chatting, and relaxing munching on groundnuts and maize. Lush!

Zambia: Day Two – Copperbelt

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

Day Two:

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

Ndola still had the same vibe about it even after all this time. Lots of new developments spawning around, except at a far slower pace than Lusaka. Then again, Lusaka is in its own bracket.

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

Nice to see a new road connecting Ndeke Village to Nkana East residential area. If you know Kitwe well, you know that it makes sense to have.

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..

God bless

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1)