Local cuisine, birthdays and early starts
After the daily regroup and story time (reading of the blog) our final meal and leaving party at Kabaka School had begun. The traditional African Brai was dished out followed by a chocolate cake for the birthday girls and guys (Sophie, Rachel and Handsen).
The bonfire party began the moment the community women arrived with their wide smiles and happy hearts dancing and singing around the fire. They had travelled an hour and a half away from the clinic to wish us a farewell and thank us for what we’ve done and for visiting them again. We received warm speeches from Mr Kalunga (the previous head teacher), Mr Kaiko (the current one) and various other members of the local community. We also had a chance to give a speech and it was hard not to feel emotional while Nick, Amy and Ali thanked the community for welcoming us and making us all feel so at home with them. We were serenaded with a beautiful poem by some of the children about BGL and tried to sing along to the Zambian national anthem (on behalf of us all we think you should YouTube it).
Following this, they asked us to do the English National Anthem which is something we did not think we would be doing, we sang happy birthday followed by us dancing around the fire and finished the evening with Smores whilst we started to wind down, knowing we had an early start this morning.
The 5:30 wake-up call was worth it to see the sunrise and get onto the road/dirt track as soon as possible. With the daunting 9hr drive ahead of us we were surprisingly ready to go taking in our surroundings one last time and saying goodbye to the school and community women who were there once again to see us off.
We passed the time, singing, joking, playing cards and reflecting on the experience of the past 5 days. When we reached our lunch stop the boys were super excited to see Nandos and a couple headed for KFC whilst the rest of us could not wait for salads and fruits. Once we finally arrived to our new camp site we couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we saw how beautiful the Zambezi is and the surrounding view. After a quick dip in the freezing cold pool by the birthday girl herself, Sophie, Kirsty and Micky, we all sat down to watch the sunset and were lucky enough to see hippos in the distance.
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