Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Petauke, Zambia (rural living)

After leaving Lusaka, we rode 8 hours by bus to Petauke, Zambia. This was the village/rural living side of Zambia. We lived in a tent for 12 days and had to pump our water for showers. The showers were not  your typical shower as you filled up a bucket and with a pulley raised it up and the bottom of the bucket had a nozzle that you could turn on and off to take your shower. We also had to use squatty potties here-some had toilets seats over them but they were all outdoor. Let’s just say that I will never take a shower or toilet seat for granted again!
We also had some little critter friends out in our campsite with us. We saw several snakes, scorpions, and some of the biggest spiders I have ever seen in my life. Let’s just say when it got dark, I was ready to be back in the tent and had my bug killing spray very close.
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Our tent home
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Brent with the other men went to a village to meet with the chief.
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We had to walk quite a ways to get back to some of the villages (sometimes an hour one way). We normally always had a crowd of children around us which was fun.
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Taylor was in school back at the campsite while we were out in the villages. She had a great time playing with her other 2 year old friends-Madylanne, Levi, and Judah.

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