Sunsetting over Zambia

So we left.

Sunsetting on Zambia

And it was easier than I imagined. You bung all your stuff into a 40 ft container and you close the doors and you hand over the house keys and you get into the car with 2 dogs and a cat and you drive away and suddenly there’s this glorious detachment.

Orlanda helping Ant navigate


Travelling Companions 2 (478x640)

We drove over the border and out of Zambia, into Malawi where we spent a night on a lake that looks like the sea.

Lake Malawi

And on into familiar Tanzania where we drove upwards and through the Southern Highlands  all the way to the east coast, where we spent two days by the Indian Ocean so that the unfamiliar roar of a real sea interrupted our sleep.

And then we were in Kenya and there was incredible surge of homecoming joy. After the hurly burly of recent months, after the upheaval and the unhappiness this suddenly feels recklessly right. The fun isn’t over. The unsettledness remains. We aren’t sure where our adventure’s going to take us next.

But for now there are new views.

the view lali hills

the river

Our children dismiss us as irresponsible hippies; ‘I suppose’, sniffs Amelia, ‘that you two are going to find the most impossible bush flung location that you can?’

For now though, we’re just happy to be here, breathing in the scent of home and rain.

And after five days on the roads, the animals are quite pleased to have arrived too.

happy dog

15 Responses to “Sunsetting over Zambia”

  1. Jackie Says:

    Glad you are all home safely!

  2. robyn Says:

    fantastic! much better to be hippies than live in a shiny city i say

    • reluctantmemsahib Says:

      sadly doesn’t look likely to stay that way 😦 time to get a little more conventional perhaps …

  3. nuttycow (@nuttycow) Says:

    So glad you had a safe trip. Everyone (four legged and two!) must be relieved.

    • reluctantmemsahib Says:

      well especially the cat nuttycow; she was especially relieved to get out of the car!

  4. Sabine Says:

    Have a wonderful start in your new home.

  5. Ellie Says:

    Really, life is such an amazing adventure isn’t it? Wishing you all the best as you settle in to this new-old space.

  6. janerowena Says:

    You sound a bit more upbeat now. How far away are the nearest shops?

    • reluctantmemsahib Says:

      a very manageable 60 miles … 🙂 easier than outpost. except in the wet … then the odd hour can take best part of a day …

  7. Mud Says:

    Wonderful. Good luck in your new life. I can feel the space and freedom from here!

  8. qlddeb Says:

    Looks amazing, good luck!

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