When I travel abroad I love to wake early to see how the locals get their day started. There is a major thoroughfare right outside our hotel so I grabbed my camera and my jacket (it’s winter here and quite cold in the mornings and evenings) and walked to the street to observe early morning commuters. As can be expected I saw packed minibuses, people on bikes with bells ringing, walkers, commercial trucks with deliveries to make, and mostly cars whizzing by.
As I walked back to the hotel I stopped to briefly talk to the hotel guard as he inquired about my picture taking. I mentioned to him that this is my first time in Zambia and that I am loving the country. Then I asked if I could take his photo. He obliged nicely. I turned my camera around and showed him the photo I took. He was well pleased.
I am in Zambia as an International Reporting Project Zambia Fellow. The International Reporting Project is a part of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. I will be reporting on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and how these three infectious diseases acutely affect mothers and children. You can follow our journey for the next 11 days at #ZambiaHealth. You can read all of my posts from global development articles to personal observations on my Storify: Daily Updates: @JenniferJames’, Trip to #Zambia with @IRPChirps #ZambiaHealth.