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Old 05-30-2006   #11
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Muchumobwanji. Zikomo, mwana. I have a feeling I live in relative luxury compared to what you experienced, not that this place isn't still "rough" by most standards. After all, that is part of the charm of living here, eh? The Hungry Hippo, in Livingstone, is the best pizza joint in all of Zambia. Am I safe to assume it was not there in 91-94?

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Old 05-30-2006   #12
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Iwe, zikomo kwambili! Pizza, what's pizza? We could usually get nshima na nkuku, but couldn't always get the chicken. Most of my time there apartheid was still happening in SA, so no goods from there were allowed into Zambia. We couldn't get much of anything. For most of the year I was the only foreigner in town, until the other guides came over for the busy low-water season. There was one really nice British-run lodge on the upper Zambezi above the Falls, but no other tourist places. It was really rough, but great. I got to know Chief Mukuni and attended his traditional wedding. Great memories. I got to be part of the very first bungy jumps off the Vic Falls bridge when we were demonstrating that it was safe and should be allowed. What's Luska like now?

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Old 05-31-2006   #13
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Lusaka's a fun place to live, for us. We are largely taken care of by the school and groceries and the like are plentiful these days. We even have some shopping malls (small scale) and a movie theatre. The setting you remember still exists, and the compounds and villages are still seriously rustic and dirt poor. But as I said, many Zambians are growing accustomed to the capitalist lifestyle with its middle class perks.
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I am talking kate into it, with you guys having kids, it could make it work really well. lets email some details of when us visiting would work.
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Old 06-01-2006   #15
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Glad to hear you are enjoying Lusaka. I didn't like it much in the early 90's, but I'm sure it has changed a lot.Thanks for the reports on Zambia today. I will definitely have to return to see how it has changed. The best parts, I'm sure, are the same: super friendly, mellow people, and great wildlife in the parks. Enjoy your time there.

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