When are arrived yesterday, opened the vehicle door, the first noises we heard were dogs barking! Oh did that bring back memories – dogs barking/howling half the night, then the chickens began crowing at 2:30/3:00! Noise and more noise, that it was hard to sleep the first few nights until we were so tired that we slept through everything!! The chickens are still here! In fact, one hen has 6 cute little chicks.
Yesterday we became aware of the fact that today Sat, October 24 is Independence Day for Zambia from the UK in 1964 (the same year that Malawi received their independence). Well last night after work the party began! We could hear the party half the night. The last I heard was at 2:30 am, but the campers said it went on until 4:00 am. It was at 2:30 when I heard the first chickens crowing! But thankfully we had a fan making “white noise”, so the noises did not bother us – That is until a rooster crowed right outside my window at 6:30 this morning!! At 6:00 this morning the fan stopped, so I knew the electricity was off – as to now long, we have no idea.
We had breakfast around 8:00 and were ready to walk to the center of the village by 9:00. We walked along with the UK group. While in the village we walked around the shops and open market, many of which were closed today because of the holiday. We began walking back to H for O when we were met by a parade of school children with a band and some precision dance groups (precision African style). They were dressed in their school uniforms when they performed. We continued back to H for O and relaxed in the chalet until it was too hot to be indoors. The electricity is still off so the fan is useless. Outside finding shade is a premium at this time of year. The leaves are off the trees and the news ones are still very small thus not providing much shade. But I must say I think the new growth of leaves grew at least ½ inch overnight!
|Sunrise over Mwandi|
|New Police Station|
|Any One for Lunch?|
|Chasing Cattle through the Shopping Area|
|One Bottom Plow|
|Large Central Meeting Tree - Town Center|
|Women Selling Fish under The Tree|
|Independence Day Parade|
|Lady Dressed for the day|
We returned to the camp, hung out, drinking plenty of water, took a nice shower, and were ready for a dinner of beef stroganoff at 6:00. After dinner we worked with photos until it was time for bed.
It is amazing how it cools down at night. This morning I needed more than a sheet, but there was nothing other than a bath towel to spread over me. It was a perfect weight for the warmth I needed.