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!

11 June 2007

"Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity, Jig."


That's all I can say.
What a Phenomenal experience.
It feels really good to have such immediate access to the internet again. (Phew)

I find myself observing constant reminders of our little adventure, little things here that remind me of that majestic place.

I've been dreaming about it a lot lately...the Malarone?...Maybe. Maybe not.

I know that I'll miss it everyday till I go back. Back to it's beauty and mystery.

I find myself trying to explain to everyone here that the pictures just don't do it justice, and that I wish they had all been there with me, and that I hope they go there themselves one day.

I see Zambia every time I close my eyes, and in my waking dreams.

The animals, the landscape, the people, the children,...fills me with emotion, sometimes brings a tear to my eye. Happy thoughts. And Sad.

God Bless that Beautiful Country.
Zambia. "The REAL Africa."

ps. I would like to thank our "Fearless Leaders" Dr. Bird and especially Dr. Lindsay for making this dream-come-true all together possible.

Thank You.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My husband and I worked in Zambia in the 1980's (Chiawa in the Zambezi Valley). One of our greatest adventures was a walking tour in South Luwangwa National Park. It's just great to see your photos. We think of Zambia often!

(Our son is a sophmore at NMU)
Mary Robinson