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Lusaka, Zambia

The new and the old Africa

Lusaka is the capital of Zambia, and thus it has several tall buildings and some developed areas. There are parts of the city where we felt as though we were back home, like when we were watching the Hobbit in the new 3D cinema at the Levy shopping mall where there is a hot light for fresh donuts… and then there were other parts of the city where we jumped puddles on dirt roads through crazy markets and came face to face with enormous amounts of poverty. It was here where we saw people sifting through piles and piles of used T-shirts from abroad. . . we probably even saw your old middle school basketball championship shirt!

We were so happy to meet up with our good friend Hossein (aka Vermz) in Lusaka after his daunting 37 hour journey to come visit us. He came fully prepared for our upcoming safari with a 64 ounce camouflaged liquor flask with matching hats and Christmas cookies from Kevin’s mom. We headed straight for some fish, nshima (similar to masa or tamale) and Mosi, the local ale.

Northmead is an area packed with clubs and street vendors selling cartons of what they call ‘Shake Shake’ which is a thick mixture of fermenting maize that according to the label is +/- 10% ABV. Every morning we’d see piles and piles of empty Shake Shake cartons, so one night we had to give it a try before going in... btw, the clubs here have mirrors all along the dance floor so that you can dance with yourself!

After years of cutting his own hair, Kevin thought he knew everything there was to know about buzz cuts. Au contrair mon frère... notice how the barber in the video is going with the grain of Kevin's hair! Apparently he hasn’t had much experience with Mazunga (white folks) hair and made for an interesting final cut.

Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 07:03 Archived in Zambia

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