Monthly Archives: March 2011

Unpacking

I’ve now discovered the downside of “bring everything” — you have to unpack “everything.” As in any major move we had cluttered and decluttered our home multiple times, making after-hours runs to the Goodwill storefront and leaving things in the … Continue reading

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Welcome to your new home!

We got notice that our sea freight container had arrived in Lusaka on Tuesday evening.  Yesterday the freight company asked for Thom’s passport and today, miracle of miracles, it cleared customs!  Let me spell that out for you — our … Continue reading

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Our first guest!

Woo-hoo!  Our very first guest arrived last night — Neli from East Lansing, Michigan!  She’s a brave guest, because we warned her were have no furniture, linens, toiletries, etc., but the draw of La Casa del Jayne was too strong.  … Continue reading

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Washing clothes

  Yesterday I came upon Mrs. Phiri washing clothes with the help of one-year-old Margaret.  (Most of the children here have an English name [English is the official language in Zambia] and a local name.  Most everyone gives me only … Continue reading

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Banking in Zambia

Many transactions occur with cash only here in Zambia.  You get the best exchange rates with credit cards (even better than at exchange bureaus) but only high-end places that ex-pats frequent take them, and even then sometimes their credit card … Continue reading

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Exceptions to “bring everything!”

After posting yesterday I thought of several exceptions to the “bring everything” rule; especially if you are limited in what you are allowed to ship. While the furniture in the big box stores is of poor quality, you can have … Continue reading

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Bring everything!

We seem to have much more excitement in our life in terms of things breaking down daily.  This past Sunday (after a day-long power outage) the well pump went out (again).  Fortunately, in Zambia, the plumbers/electricians/construction workers are willing to … Continue reading

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