September 11, 2014

Alex and I have finally come to the end of our stay in Zambia. We managed to pack our last few days with challenges, fun and, naturally, music.

 

For Friday evening Estelle trustee Deirdre found us a gig at an Art Auction to raise funds and awareness for the Ngoma Dolce...

September 8, 2014

Alex writing here, and for Steven and I the last few days have been quite something. Anna and Max’s departure last Thursday was always inevitable, but it was with heavy hearts that we said goodbye to them. We’ve become a close group over this intense, relatively short...

September 5, 2014

Hi. Max here, writing from Addis Ababa airport.

We left this morning from Lusaka having had a hearty breakfast with the academy teachers, followed by a brief farewell before rushing to catch our flight home. I don’t think that I have been away long enough to be able to...

September 2, 2014

We were given a long weekend free to explore Zambia. Our choice of destination was Livingstone. Home to Victoria Falls, it took a seven hour bus journey and a short taxi ride to reach our home for three nights.

 

Our first activity was to see the falls. Nothing can prepa...

August 31, 2014

We’re coach-bound to Livingstone, 3 hours in and setting off from a services break where the sun is setting over the Golden Pillow Lodge. Although our visit ends on a romantic note, the majority of it was spent waiting in line for my turn to use a urinal, apparently be...

August 30, 2014

Anna here..

The past couple of days have been packed full of teaching, and have held, for me, one of the most rewarding personal experiences of the trip so far. Several days ago, Catherine (one of the piano teachers) had a rather difficult pupil, who decided she was not...

August 26, 2014

Hi all! A message from Steven…

 

It’s been hard getting my head around being in Africa. As a child I used to pour over atlases, comparing the sizes and populations of the countries and trying to imagine what these places were really like. The political boundaries imposed...

August 25, 2014

Hi, Alex writing here, on mine and Steven’s first night in Zambia! At the end of such a colossal journey, it was great to be picked up by Max and Anna in ‘the beast’, the vehicle truly living up to its name. This exhilarating (and bouncy) journey capped off the quite o...

August 23, 2014

 

Day 2, and the real work began!

 

Having had a relatively relaxed start yesterday, and not too many pupils due to the fact that all the local schools had just ‘opened’, as the locals say, today was a stark contrast. Starting at 9 in the morning, both Max and I wer...

August 23, 2014

I’m already being told what to write on what should be my blog and I haven’t even written a sentence…

 

Today we were up for a 9 o’clock start. A twenty-five minute walk from our accommodation to the academy woke us up and by the time we arrived we were raring to go. W...

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