I am finally here! I arrived safely in Ndola on Saturday 3rd January. It was certainly a journey of two halves! The first flight from London to Ethiopia was really good. I had extra space as the seats next to me were empty, on what was otherwise a fully booked flight. Travelling alone encouraged me to chat to others and I met some interesting people – an elderly couple working as missionaries in Ethiopia, a lady who set up the charity ‘Project Pencil Case’ and an Israeli man who had lived all over the world.
It has taken three months of ridiculously busy preparation in order to get here. So much so, that right up until the moment we left for the airport, all of my family were doing jobs that they’d been roped into helping with! Dad was typing letters; Mum was cutting and laminating resources; Rhi was downloading software onto my laptop and Rach was setting up this blog! My last term at school had been pretty crazy, whilst also moving out, letting my flat, changing my name, and most importantly, squeezing in time to see lots of you lovely people. Although my decision to spend a year in Zambia was made only a short time ago, it was not out of the blue as it might have seemed. My previous visits to Africa (although now over ten years ago!) inspired me.