The view toward Lusaka's Cairo Road—home to government offices, media and broadcasting studios, al fresco hair salons and the 1960s modernist concrete block office buildings that are omnipresent across Africa and the Middle East.
Arrived safely in Lusaka, Zambia on Sunday evening after a ridiculously long flights from Chicago to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Addis Ababa and Addis to Lusaka via Harare, Zimbabwe. It was well worth it. Zambia is a gorgeous country and the people are super friendly. And in case you're still unsure of the location: A map is HERE. Zambia is in southern Africa and bordered by Namibia, Angola. Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Very exciting to be here for my fellowship from the International Reporting Project at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. I'll be in Zambia for about two weeks to report on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Very humbled to have been selected and grateful to be here.
Zambia is a former British colony and driving is on the left. Haha! Took me about two days to acclimate myself toward looking left. I've learned to always look both ways when crossing roads.
Sorry for the sporadic posts since leaving the States last week. I've had no problem adjusting to the seven hour time difference because of my day-long layover in Frankfurt. But the anti-malarial pills are quite toxic and have caused major nausea and headaches. That was my fault for forgetting to take them with food. Sigh.
Look for my updates from Zambia on R20 and Twitter. The hashtag is #ZambiaHealth.