We always say the most dangerous part of living in some of these countries is driving. The Zambian highways and roads are narrow with little or no shoulders and are very busy with buses and huge trucks hauling equipment to the mines. They scream along with cars trying to pass them making it seem like a game of chicken.
At one point we were behind a very wide truck that took up 3/4 of road, forcing many cars and trucks coming towards him to veer off into the ditches. Despite having an escort truck ahead, and one behind, the driver refused to pull off or move over when he was able to. We followed him for several butt clenching, teeth grinding miles watching people trying to pass him until finally he let us by.
We headed northwest through Kitwe, Chingola and spent the night in Solwezi. Once we turned off the main highway we passed many villages and clusters of huts. The Jehovah Witnesses have arrived in full force and I was surprised to count 10 kingdom halls within 60 kms.
While Roger went to the Kansanshi project, I stayed behind at the Royal Solwezi Hotel and enjoyed reading on the veranda.
|Grounds at the Royal Solwezi Hotel|
|We got an early morning start heading to the project at Konkola|
|Motherhood truly is a "balancing act" in Africa. The lady in the middle is carrying a baby on her back while balancing the large bundle on her head.|
|Typical family cluster of huts|
|I would love to drop by the palace some day!|
|Bundles of charcoal being sold on the roadside|
|Lots of little stores can be found along the highway. Love the sign "Let them talk - only God knows"|
|The Layne camp at Konkola|
|Dining hall and TV lounge|
It always amazes me how trees can thrive atop termite mounds. They must have a symbiotic relationship because it just doesn't seem to make sense. Some termite mounds can be 30 feet tall and are said to be 10,000 years old.
|The rock formations reminded me a little of the Drumheller area of Alberta|
|Huge mines in the Northwest and Copperbelt territories|
|Roadside vendors often set up near police checkpoints to take advantage of stopped traffic|
|Huge outdoor furniture store along the road. Not sure what happens when it rains.|
|Large termite mounds|
|The beautiful lilac-like trees are starting to lose their blossoms, making it look like purple snow|
While having dinner in Solwezi, I decided to try out speaking Bemba to our waiter who had been very kind. As he placed our meals, I gamely said, "twa to te la" (thank you). He looked a little puzzled at first, then broke into a huge smile and said, "Ahh, madame! You are almost there."
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward