Saturday, May 22, 2010

Day 5




It was a beautiful sunny day. The girls and I all went into the town of Choma to mail our postcards. I was standing in line when one of the local guys asked me to marry him. He said, “You left me dead and that my sister in laws should be at the wedding.” He also said that he would pay my dowry. Crazy! My dear supportive friend Jamie was also there. She said that she kinda liked the chitangys and that she might trade me for a chitangy and a couple of pens. However, we will see. I thought the youngest was to be married off first? :) After our eventful stop at the post office we all made our way to the shops and found gorgeous chitengys. All of the girls including myself have designs in mind for Mrs. Monoe, our talented designer, to make. I think I am going to get a nice lap top cover made from one of my chitengys, but we will see. Another highlight of my day was the Choma museum where there was a plethora of information/history about Tongan culture. At the museum I was able to view a lot of colorful paintings of Africa and even bought some wooden artwork. I just love Africa!


Friday, May 21, 2010

Day 4

We did our usual routine of waking up at 7:30, got dressed and went to Lendard’s to eat breakfast. Today’s breakfast was biscuits and gravy and/or the option of peanut butter and jelly. We said a little prayer as we left and headed back to our living quarters. We then got dressed and headed to the orphanage were we helped feed and play with the children. It was a very rewarding experience. I managed to take a lot of pictures of the kids. The seemed very fascinated my my camera and sunglasses. I also got alot of good imitation from some of the kids while others were using 3-4 word utterances. It was neat to be able to work with such wonderful people and children. Even with the medical issues some of these kids face they are still able to thrive. I have found some of the most resilient of children to be the ones that have had the most difficulty. It has definitly been a great experience!

Day 3

I woke up at 7:30am and got a nice cup of tea and read my book while waiting for the others to get dressed. Once everyone was ready to go we all walked to Lenard’s house. He fixed us French toast and fruit for breakfast. Again the food was delicious and I have to say a cup of coffee was just what I needed. After we ate we decided to go into town to get money out of the ATM. It felt good to have some Zambian currency. Afterwards we all went to the shops. I ended up buying a few Chitengys and I bought a purse from Mrs. Monoe. I including the other girls are happy with our purchases. It was really nice to meet Mrs. Monoe as well. She is quite an amazing person! She is putting her sons through college with the merchandise she sells. She is also a very spiritual person with a great interest in music and art. As we headed home we decided to do a little bit of our own music and art. Caroline, also known as Mabel (her African name) has been taking Zumba dancing since last March. We were all very grateful when she offered to teach us some of her moves. At around 8:00pm we all moved the furniture in the family room and began our dancing. It was quite a site to see a bunch of white girls doing Zumba dancing! I definitely need to work on my coordination :0
I woke up at 7:30am and got a nice cup of tea and read my book while waiting for the others to get dressed. Once everyone was ready to go we all walked to Lenard’s house. He fixed us French toast and fruit for breakfast. Again the food was delicious and I have to say a cup of coffee was just what I needed. After we ate we decided to go into town to get money out of the ATM. It felt good to have some Zambian currency. Afterwards we all went to the shops. I ended up buying a few Chitengys and I bought a purse from Mrs. Monoe. I including the other girls are happy with our purchases. It was really nice to meet Mrs. Monoe as well. She is quite an amazing person! She is putting her sons through college with the merchandise she sells. She is also a very spiritual person with a great interest in music and art. As we headed home we decided to do a little bit of our own music and art. Caroline, also known as Mabel (her African name) has been taking Zumba dancing since last March. We were all very grateful when she offered to teach us some of her moves. At around 8:00pm we all moved the furniture in the family room and began our dancing. It was quite a site to see a bunch of white girls doing Zumba dancing! I definitely need to work on my coordination :0

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 2: Driving to our destination at the Orphanage in Namwianga

It is now day two. All of us ate a nice breakfast and are ready to begin the day! The first thing we did was explored the shopping center and then walked to the parking lot where the Hiz-path group members including myself all loaded into land rovers. These vehicles took us to our destination at the Orphanage in Namwianga. Upon arrival, all of us dropped our luggage into our rooms. I am sharring a room with three girls. All very nice with like interests. The place we are staying is absolutely amazing as well! I have now met the cook, Lenard and Monoe, the lady with a talent for making beautiful clothing and accessories. All of whom welcomed me with big smiles and hearts. It sure feels good to be here!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 1: Checking into the Protea hotel after a long day







Today is our first day in Lusaka, the capitol of Zambia. After 13 hours on planes, lost and damaged luggage, and transportation issues we were happy to get off the plane and check into our hotel. After Dr. Weaver checked us into our rooms we all split up into groups of two and went upstares. Thereafter, each of us met at the Protea resteraunt, the Rhapsodys. The food was excellent! At the dinner table we all had a lot to share amongst eachother. We even came up with African names for shopping and traveling purposes. My name is Kianna. I figured it fit right in with the exception of me being white as day- due to my Irish inheritance. Oh well! My other group members came up with names as well. Kathrines name is Cloe, Lacey is Grace, Kaylee is Bella, Jamie is Stella, Dr. Weaver is Charlot Forester, Dr. Tullos is Hamish McGreger, Sarah is Layne, Rachel is Lola, Marjy is Naomi, and Carolyn is Mable. We had a lot of good laughs! It is now time to go to our rooms. I cannot wait to go to bed and see what tomorrow has to offer!