Saturday, September 6, 2008

Goodbye Zambia! Until we meet again....

The hot season arrived seemingly overnight. One night I was sleeping under two wool blankets and the next night I kicked off the covers and slept only beneath the mosquito net. Wee Franky cat has found haven on the cool concrete beneath the spare bed.

This morning I woke up to a hot sun burning low in a copper sky. It was just after sunrise and the fractured light thru the mango tree was flecked with summer dust and alive with chatter. The birds that live in the banana trees like to argue with the noisy crows who eat strawberries from my neighbor Jenny’s garden and torment the smaller winged creatures that busy themselves in the early light. The sun and the heat, the budding frangipani trees and the magnificent lavender mouths of the jacaranda blossoms bring me back to my first months in Zambia when everything was new and confusing and wildly unlike home. Now, one year later, I can’t imagine leaving what has now become my home. I still remember the first phone call from the United States— I am almost certain that most of the conversation with my sister involved tears and sniffling on my end. How much can change in a year!

I went to one final “Fimbusa” last night, which is the culmination of a woman’s preparation for marriage. There was lots of drumming, dancing, and O so many shocking songs and role plays that would have knocked the knickers off of the heartiest, progressive westerner. I have very few pictures tame enough to post.

This is my last blog from Zambia. I’ll keep you updated on my circuitous travels over the next 8 weeks that will eventually land me in Portland, Oregon in early November.

6 comments:

Tonyalynne said...

hey carm...bring those un-bloggable pics to portland. :)

safe travels, friend.

Peg said...

I love the market shot - frame-able!!!

Peg said...

OK - because I love maps and therefore Google. Here is a very rough map of Rev. Goetchius' journey in the next few months!
http://tinyurl.com/68f7l8

stefclark said...

Hey Carmen! Stefanie (Doan) Clark here. Not sure if you remember me or not, but we graduated from CRHS together. Your dad and I go to the same church, Felida Baptist. I was able to hear about his visit with you a little today. I am so glad to have found you! It's awesome to see how God is using you! My heart aches for Africa. I hope to someday go there, but right now I just wait patiently for the Lord to guide and direct me. I am praying for you, your travels. Love, Stef my email: chocolatemoose916@hotmail.com

Alissa Maxwell said...

Oh, I will miss your posts from Zambia. They are losing a wonderful eye witness, but I'm guessing you will be their advocate FOR LIFE. Blessings on your journey.

If the snow hasn't blocked the passes, I want to come see you when you're in Portland...

Emily said...

beautiful pics... and I want the unedited version sometime too :)