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I Miss My Reed and Thatch Hut

June 13, 2010

There is a place called Jungle Junction, about 50km west of Livingstone Zambia, on Bovu Island in the Zambezi River.  If you find yourself with a few days in Zambia, GO THERE.  The hut is open to the river and the sounds of the water, frogs, birds, and even elephants trumpeting are incredible.

“fisherman’s hut” on stilts

view from bed of hut / morning mist on the Zambezi

Near the island, on the mainland, is a string of villages.  It’s easy to walk from village to village.  Each one is a small group of huts grouped around cooking fires.  The village has a head man, and the group of 7 or 8 villages has a Chief.   There are fields of maize, and lots of animals – cows, chickens, and dogs.  They only kill animals for occasions such as weddings and funerals.  The people save their animals like we save our money in the bank.

construction workers

kids in the village

Jade’s creative version of a turban / having way too much fun in the village

One of the joys of travel is learning the quirks of your travel companion(s).  Jade has this thing for converting pieces of clothing into other pieces of clothing.  A skirt is a dress, a scarf is a shirt, and a shirt is a turban!

I’m in Durban, South Africa now and will be at the Australia vs Germany game tonight.  Everyone is talking to everyone, just excited to be here, and we’re having a blast.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Iceman permalink
    June 13, 2010 7:09 pm

    Watching the game on tv and thinking of you guys. So jealous!
    Hope you had fun and aren’t too deafened by the vuvuzela drone!
    (Germany looking the best side I’ve seen so far…)

    • June 14, 2010 9:28 am

      We had to wear earplugs. However, it was awesome to be there and I was really sad for the Aussies as they got SO slaughtered. We have met so many Aussies here and they have treated us so well – the guys outnumber us at least 10 to 1.

  2. A.J. permalink
    June 13, 2010 11:47 pm

    The clouds in the picture of Jade’s turban look too perfect to be real. You might be on a Hollywood set for all I know.

    The Germany game was amazing. They were way above Australia.

    • June 14, 2010 9:30 am

      The clouds were like that every afternoon we were there, for 4 days. It’s a gorgeous place.

      Yep, poor Aussies.

  3. Nick The Greek permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:06 am

    Beutiful pics!

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