Hello for the final time!
I apologize for the long wait, but I have updates!
Since the last post we went to Livingstone and met up with the team from Botswana. We stayed at the Jollyboys backpackers where it was extremely cozy and people from all over the world were traveling (would definitely recommend!) We had the amazing opportunity to see the world’s largest waterfall known as Victoria Falls. We did not anticipate getting wet from the waterfall so everyone was soaked from head to toe, but it was an awesome experience nonetheless.
There is also a marketplace for tourists to shop and we had the chance to bargain with the merchants. They were extremely persistent about making a sale and trying to get as much money out of you as possible. Though, it was fascinating how quickly they would settle for a low price or risk making no sale at all. Bargaining was definitely part of the tourist experience.
Many of the safaris that we wanted to visit were very expensive so we settled with going to the crocodile farm that was nearby. It was more than what we expected. There were over 70 crocodiles in the farm and we had the chance to see them being fed. Immediately as our guide started chopping meat, the crocodiles started moving toward him (pretty scary.)
After getting some rest from traveling back from the trip we got right to painting the wall. We had to place two coats of undercoat; making sure that the actual paint would last longer. Painting doesn’t sound that bad, but I did not expect to sweat so much under the sun; it’s a lot of work! Over the next few days we were able to complete the painting of the wall and it turned out wonderful! Hope you guys like it as much as we do.
We had the chance to go back to the orphanage and play with the little ones a couple times before we had to go back. We were able to give the last of our toys and candies to the kids and they were extremely happy. The day before we left we had our last presentation at Northrise primary school and the group was smaller so it was a lot more manageable. Our presentation was about leadership and responsibility; which was also our first presentation we ever did. We also handed out the twelve backpacks from Backpacks for Africa, it was a nice way to end our last presentation. Lastly, we visited the Mackenzie school to give out character education books, toys, and other school supplies since this area really needed these things.
Zambia was an incredibly humbling and life-changing experience for all of us and we could not have asked for a better guide and home stay. I personally cannot wait to go back to Africa or even other countries to serve as much as I can in the future. We will never forget this amazing experience we had and thank you to all the amazing people we had the opportunity to meet. Lastly, thank you to everyone that supported us and donated to our cause and making it possible to go overseas. We could have not done any of these things without you guys! Thank you so much!
With much love,
Miho and Team ZamFamBam