Monthly Archives: June 2010

Ngumbo Road

Through IHME, Emmanuela arranged for the three of us to live near the Embassies (and 400 meters from the President of Zambia!).  It is quite safe and the most unlike any place in Africa I have been — a maid, … Continue reading

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Acronyms, acronyms — you seem to make the world go round

As I am here in Zambia, I will probably be writing about the IHME and UNZA.  Why?  Because they are the partner institutions on a project for which I am doing some work.  IHME — the Institute for Health Metrics … Continue reading

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ZamMal: The people and culture, a snapshot

The average life expectancy in Zambia is 40.5 years, due in large part to the HIV/AIDS epidemic (more than 1 in 7 adults is infected).  In Malawi, the life expectancy is 43. Malawi is 162nd and Zambia is 163rd in … Continue reading

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Pop Quiz: Whaddya know about Zambia and Malawi?

One reason to travel: learn the history, culture, and geography of a place.  If you are a ZamMal (Zambia and Malawi) expert, please stop reading.  But, if you, like me, have little knowledge of these countries, here are some bullet … Continue reading

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Ikea Takes Over the World

Umm… every place I have been in the past few years has had Ikea silverware — no kidding. Morocco, Turkey, China + Tibet, and now Zambia. Ikea and Coca-cola — there are two very interesting companies who have done something … Continue reading

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En route to Lusaka

Deep, musky, earthen, human.  There is a distinctly “African” scent — unfortunate to have to group all Africans into just one descriptor, but that is just how it sits in my brain.  I walked off the plane and was catapulted … Continue reading

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A Last Supper…

Dustin here, entering a place holder until Julianna gets into full swing.  We had our last dinner together for a while, so made the best of it with salad and steak from the Noe Valley Farmer’s market (with a little … Continue reading

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Off to Africa!

It’s time to head out on an adventure

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