Zamba Day 1-3: Sleep, Pot Holes, Victoria Falls
So, after about 36 hours of travel and maybe 2 hours of sleep, we arrived in Lusaka. Sleeping on the plane was harder than I thought so I ended up just watching movies. Five of them. So, I saw: Charlie Wilson’s War, Semi-Pro, Jumper, The Great Debaters, and one more that was apparently very forgettable. The only problem now is that I have used up all the decent movies on the way there and I don’t know what I am going to do on the way back.
After we met up with Pastor George, we grabbed some breakfast and then quickly took a much needed five hour nap. So, the first day here (Tuesday) was pretty much a bust. We were supposed to start speaking on Wednesday (today) but the pastor who was our contact at the conference today was stuck in South Africa and was unable to get back in time. So, we changed around our itinerary and we are doing the down time, sightseeing that we were going to do at the end of the week now. This has made for a nice day and a half and has given us some time to get a little more ready for all the speaking we will be doing.
Today, we rented a 4×4 and set out on a 5 hour drive to Victoria Falls from Lusaka. One of the things about Zambia is that the roads and infrastructure aren’t that great. This was in full evidence today as we spent about 1.5 hours of this trip zig zagging through a majorly pot hole infested section of road. I think we actually spent more time on the dirt that we did the road. In fact, you could say that this section of road was more like a section of potholes with some road included here and there. Of course, being the smallest guy in the car (which is unusual!) I had to sit in the back seat where the bumps were the worst. I am beginning to learn that this place is much like New Jersey. Lots of pot holes, there are a lot of circle interchanges and people drive on the wrong side of the road.
Victoria Falls is a pretty amazing place. I’ll be posting pictures later this week but there is a reason its considered one of the seven wonders of the world. At over 1700 meters wide (5600 feet), it makes Niagra Falls look like kitchen water faucet.
Tomorrow we take that crazy road back to Lusaka then drive four more hours to Ndola where we begin speaking to about 11 different groups in about five days. It promises to be an amazing time…
Hopefully I’ll find more time to write later this week. Now I need a nap.