Author Archives: Ivo

Rules of nature

In Africa there’s a number of axioms not known in the rest of the world. The most popular is of course the famous: There is always room (also known as: “space is plenty”, “it’s not full yet” or “it’s going … Continue reading

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The emotional end-of-placement reflection blog post

Two weeks ago, my VSO-Placement in Zambia came to an end. It’s and old VSO-Tradition to write a very deep and emotional blog post reflecting on the time in-country. This is mine: After six months living, squatting, partying, working being … Continue reading

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FAQ

die Preise? von fast gratis bis superteuer. Alles was es auf den lokalen Märkten gibt ist günstig, jetzt kurz nach der Regenzeit ist auch die Auswahl nicht allzu Übel, und die Preise niedrig. Je nach Qualität: Tomaten 2000K-3000K (0.40$)/KG, grosser … Continue reading

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Livingstone

First trip to Livingstone since new years. Getting my first african haircut from Thomas, the muzungu-hair-specialist in Kalomo (cost: 15’000 Kwacha, ~3US$, and I still overpaid him). After that, 17:30, it’s time to get on the bus to Livingstone. Around … Continue reading

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World Water Day

2011 World Water Day event by Kalomo Council, Rural Water and Sanitation Programme. Dank Zambezi, Kafue, Lake Kariba hat Southern Province, im Vergleich zu anderen Regionen in Afrika, relativ gute Wasserreserven. Wasser ist grundsätzlich vorhanden aber nur unzureichend erschlossen. Die … Continue reading

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…until the fuel runs dry.

08.03.2011 18:00, On this very moment we should be on our way to Zimba, a small subcenter of Kalomo a few miles down the road to Livingstone, because its time for the first exciting Full Council Meeting in this year, … Continue reading

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Riots in the sweetest town in the nation.

Mazabuka – about three hours up the road towards Lusaka –  is famous for its sugarcane farms, thus the title ‘Sweetest town in the country’. On Wednesday, the police tear-gassed a club, where a large crowd was watching the ManU … Continue reading

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VSO IT: Computer repair staple

The Council Store room is always good fun, and a good opportunity to stack up on Masking tape and other useful items. Yesterday I was especially successful as I discovered a not-too-old Computer carefully hidden between bags of cement and … Continue reading

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Big City life

Heute aus Lusaka. Grund der Reise: Meine Arbeitserlaubnis ist abholbereit, ausserdem: Welcome-braai für 15 neue VSO-Volunteers (Samstags eingeflogen). Ich reise standesgemäss im dreireiher-Bus natürlich auf dem mittleren Sitz mit nicht allzu dünnen Nachbarn, sind ja auch nur  (theoretische) 4 -5 … Continue reading

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Newsticker

After a lovely weekend in Choma: Farewell-braai (clearly brit-dominated: Gin&Tonic (with Tonic more expensive than Gin) and some serious rounds of Uno) for Ros, the town planning volunteer at Choma Council leaves Zambia after two years. Back to the hard … Continue reading

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