Zambia. Sometimes known as The Heart of Africa, or The Real Africa. Both are true. This landlocked nation is indeed in the heart of Africa - some will go so far as to say it is shaped like a heart, in fact! My son, Pete, has been living in Zambia for over a year. He is a Peace Corps volunteer - and he LOVES Zambia!
These are some of the kids that Pete has come to know and love in Zambia. What I would never have predicted a year ago was that we would be seeing Zambia for ourselves very soon. But it's true: WE ARE GOING TO AFRICA!!
I'll skip over the real and imagined fears that I had to overcome before I would consider visiting Africa. Pete's joyous raves about everything Zambian went a long way towards calming some of my fears. His obvious love for the people and the country made it hard to resist.
Over time I realized that Africa was calling me, too. Africa is the birthplace of all humanity, and I find myself longing to go back home. For many people, such a sentiment will sound insane coming from the child of Irish immigrants long settled in the USA. But being adopted has always denied me a place in this world. I have always wanted roots; ancestors; a family of my own. And if you go back far enough in time, everyone's ancestors can be found in Africa - including mine!
And oh - the wonders we'll see in Zambia! Victoria Falls; one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
We'll be staying right next to the falls for a few days! I've circled the Zambezi Sun Hotel, and we will be right there!
I haven't forgotten my passion for birding, of course! I hope to see an African Fish Eagle while I'm there. Look familiar?
I hope t post a lot more about our trip plans and about the magic of Zambia, Africa. It may seem far from Framingham, but The Nature of Framingham is everywhere!