Well the trek is complete. We have (nearly all) made it back to Marquette without much problem. We did lose two students along the way...but that was planned! Katie and Jessica K. flew with us from Lusaka to Heathrow, but at the airport they bid the rest of the group farewell and headed off into the crowds with their packs for more adventuring on their own. It was the first step in the disintegration of our tight little troupe, and we hope to hear from them soon regarding their continuing adventures in Europe.
The rest of us stayed at a hotel near Gatwick in London, fairly weary of flying. The change from the dusty aridity of Zambia to the muggy cloudscape of London was somewhat startling, but we were a bit too glossy-eyed to notice it much.
And then yesterday we got loaded onto our Northwest flight back to the states (I think we all agree that British Airways is luxuriant in comparison!), navigated immigration and customs in Detroit and actually made it back to KI Sawyer airport in Marquette - not a bag was lost, not a student arrested - success in my book.
Now we recouperate, readjust to lush green-leafed forests and blue-water lakes, start to prepare our data analyses and plan our "Zamposium" slated for early Fall semester of this year.
Thanks to all who made comments on these posts - the students (and I) loved reading them. It was a nice way to stay connected.
In May and June of 2007, 13 undergraduate students from Northern Michigan University are taking a field course in Zambia. Most of the students are majors in the Biology department, and all of them will be doing short field studies of their own design while on the ground in Zambia. The group will be making a stop in London on the way, spending four days seeing Zambia/Africa-related British sites (Burton's tomb, Livingstone's artefacts at the Royal Geographic Society, the British Museum of Natural History, etc.) and adjusting to the time change. The course is being led by me, Dr. Alec Lindsay, a professor in the Department of Biology at NMU, and Dr. Jackie Bird - a parasitologist in our department. We have made this blog so students can hopefully post notes thoughts, pictures and discoveries to the world. This should allow classmates, teachers, family and friends to share in their insights and keep track of their travels. Not only that, but viewers of the blog can add comments to posts - please do! We would love to hear your thoughts. Zikomo!