I got back from a trip to Zambia a couple weeks ago. It was an amazing experience. It’s interesting being immersed into a completely different culture. You always go somewhere new with an image in your mind as to how somewhere is going to be regardless of knowing about it/seeing images of it before.
The people are so lovely and welcoming. I got to visit the same world same chance (www.sameworldsamechance.org) organization where they had set up a school for the local kids in Kimbombomene. I went with one of my boyfriend’s friends, Mandy, as she used to work at the school there before moving onto her current job (which actually isn’t her current job any more as she has since moved to Venezuela). Anyway, all the kids and the local teachers at that school were so welcoming, loving and just genuinely friendly. The next day when we were leaving Mandy was saying good bye to a family she was close to and only having met me that once they pretty much welcomed me into their family. It was quite humbling to be honest. Especially being used to living somewhere where generally everyone is doing their own thing, never overly acknowledging strangers (of course there are exceptions, but go with me on this.).
Africa has always been somewhere I wanted to visit one day. I didn’t mind which country within it. I always assumed I would visit most of them at some people and see what the different cultures and environments were like. It was pretty cool to have one of my childhood dreams come to fruition. Zambia was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. Hopefully in the future I can devote a lot of time to photographing and experience more of the wildlife. It was truly beautiful. I’m glad I got to see different parts of the country too. Thanks to my boyfriend’s boss we got to spend some time in Kiambia at the lower Zambezi river. To say it was beautiful is an understatement. So much wildlife. It’s all you can hear at night. I can’t even really put into words my experiences on this trip. It was just too wonderful and look forward to visiting there again one day even if my boyfriend stops working there, haha. Here are some more photographs from my time there.
I haven’t written anything in a long time, but I wanted to say at least a little something about my trip. I’m planning to get back into writing so stay tuned for upcoming projects (and hopefully in improvement in writing, haha) !