Mikey requested photos of the grocery store fronts so here they are.
To get to the Super Spar at the Crossroads shopping center (really just a corner strip mall type place) you have to go through these tall pillars and a small enclosed courtyard. This one is the closest to us and the American International School (about 3.5 miles away).
Here’s a peak through those pillars above and through the courtyard to the grocery store in the back. To the left of this photo is that little coffee shop I mentioned where the winner of the Zambia-wide barista competition works.
Here’s a better photo of the coffee place mentioned above.
Here’s a photo of the entrance to the Pick n Pay, where I like to shop. As you can see it’s in another strip-mall type shopping center. I couldn’t get an up close photo because the guards immediately pounced on me and said pictures weren’t allowed. I said, okay, I won’t take anymore, and all was well.
At this shopping center above (the Woodlands shopping center) is the Blue Moon Cafe, to the right of this photo in a corner store (you can’t see it here). That’s where I get my bagels and they are really good.
So, if you have any friends in Zambia and they are whining about how primitive it is, don’t believe a word they say! As you can see it’s very comfy and easy — Africa lite. (Well, it is a pain-in-the-butt when the power goes out and the internet connection is MUCH slower and sometimes spotty but all-in-all, it’s pretty cushy here.)