Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hello all from Mongu!

So we have finally arrived at our home for the next 5 weeks. Arriving by bus into Mongu, the scenery was breathtaking. We saw monkeys, warthogs, gazelles, and antelope, seeing them in their natural habitat was a great experience. We also passed by Kafue National Park where we will be heading in a week for our first ever safari. We are excited to go back and see more animals!

We also saw floodplains, beautiful trees, and general African beauty. It must have also been a sight to witness 6 nursing students standing side-by-side on the side of the road peeing into a trough. If this is any indication for the rest of the trip, we are all going to be very comfortable with each other by the end of the trip.

Cheshire home guesthouse, where we are staying, is very beautiful, much more than we had expected. There is one large building, that we call the big house, where 13 students are staying. Then there are 4 other houses of varying size around the complex. We were all grateful to unpack and settle in.

Mongu is mainly made up of one winding road with many different shops and markets. We ventured into town by foot, and while we were passing the basic school, the kids congregated around us and followed us for 20 minutes. There were many of them, all saying "hello, how are you?" and "I am fine". What a truly unforgettable experience that was. We went shopping in the black (goods) and green (veggies) markets today, and so far everyone has been very welcoming to us. We traveled the local way via minibus. A minibus, is a very small van that should carry 8 people, but apparently regularly will carry over 15, with chickens included. 

We are looking forward to our hospital tour tomorrow and getting started in practice next monday.

Good-bye for now!

Rachel, Susie, Joel

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