Thursday, 18 February 2010

Two weeks in Zambia

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, friend and foes, I’m back….and couldn’t be less pleased. The weathers dreadful, work is in a pre-LFW spin, and I’m exhausted! Zambia on the other hand was phenomenal – right up there on my best holiday ever list with Disney when I was 6; the weather, the food, the scenery – all totally gorgeous. Here’s some pictures of things which caught my eye, inspired me, or I just wanted to share with you ….enjoy!

Me and Nell blinging it up at the Vic Falls

My 25 juicy mango’s which cost 5000 kwacha (approx. 60p)!

My new fave beer, and Zambia’s best!

Me attempting to pound nuts in the village

Nell and the seriously cute village kids - we were both tempted to do an Angelina!

Perfect birthday morning – Peanut butter on toast, AA Gill, oh, and a deserted tropical Island virtually to myself!

Church on Sunday in the village. Me with my little mate rocking a chitenge (the material) like a local….except they don’t match their with harem’s and a sequined T!

Nellie nearly died when she saw this. She is not proud that her country manufactures pvc shoes….!

New clothes in the market…

2nd hand clothes in the market

The make do and mend spirit is still alive and well here….gives us something to think about. There aren’t really many places to by new clothes and shoes, so lots of people by 2nd hand. Love the fact you can get a burger while your shoes are fixed…now that’s what I call multi-tasking

The walk to work….i’ll never complain about the 38 bus again, promise…

Women in the market. I thought people just wore their chitenge on their bottom half, but they in fact wear them over the top of skirts. Also, they’re always paired with random western tops, which i always found disappointing!

Thought these soap powders looked like Warhol! I wanted to buy the whole display and recreate it in my living room….not sure Dalston housemates would have appreciated…

I became a bit obsessed with the hand painted shop signs. If I ever open a boutique I’m going to have a hand painted sign Zambian stylee!

The rather camp (although you don’t do gay in Africa so he’s happily married) Mr Banda who gave me my first ever toe extentions…I know, gross! (p.s. this is obviously Nellie in the pic, not me, I didn’t get that much of a tan)!

My fabulous 1980’s inspired, individually hand painted, very WAH-like (except they only cost about a tenner) fake nails!

Jiri jiri - a Zambian obsession. Ludicrously strong alcohol sold in a sachet for about 20p each....I brought 20 back!

3 generations of the Wightman family….Granny, Nellie and beautiful Onyx. Many thanks for looking after me, and much love xxx

p.s. many thanks also to Chiwala, Brett, George, Regina and all in the village, and everyone else who helped make it such a fantastic fortnight.


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