10/21/09: Livingstone, Zambia
Today Zhou was given a birthday cake and a card signed by our 20 newest friends.
These are 20 people who probably wouldn’t have made our wedding invite list if we had expanded it to half a billion guests, yet now I wish a lot of them could have been there. It’s amazing what a difference 40 days makes. Tomorrow we will all go our separate ways (well, six of us will go our way, three will go another and 11 will go a third). It’s a bit of a weird day, because these people are a large part of what a “world trip” is to me. It feels like we have been away from home for a year, and many of these people were there with us from day 1. Tomorrow the six of us join 12 new travelers for six more days so we won’t be going it alone quite yet, but this feels the end of our African overland tour as we know it. As a goodbye celebration, three of the girls on the tour put on an “Acacia Academy Awards” ceremony, complete with over 60 nominations in more than 20 categories.
In the spirit of this night, here are the nominees for the award that Zhou and I won: Most Non-American Americans Cutest Couple Happiest Honeymooners Best Looking People Ever And the winner is… Cutest couple! Yes, thanks to Zhou’s ability to sleep in the smallest possible areas on the truck and my ability to stay out of the way, we won this, the second award of the night.
This ceremony was symbolic of how close we’ve become as an entire group. And as excited I am to continue on to other continents and other adventures, I’ll miss the comraderie of the Acacia Zambezi truck. So although I know in an earlier post I said I wouldn’t name names, but thank you Aaron, Aimee, Anna, Cara, Carol, Filza, Frances, Garry, Hatty, Helen, Imogen, Judy, Kate, Katie, Kwi, Marietjie, Mark, Matt, Mitra, Nick, Richard, Pamela, Sarah, Shaun, Siuha, Tom, Tracy and Zoe. Hope to see you all elsewhere around the world. In a half-hearted effort to end this post on a more interesting note to those of you who weren’t on our truck, Zhou and I were walking the campgrounds this morning when two feet in front of us a packet of vitamins fell from the sky like a stage light on the Truman show. Within seconds, hungry monkeys converged on it from all angles. Apparently one had dropped it from a tree overhead and as they say, one monkey’s clumsiness is another monkey’s treasure. Zhou and I simply watched in silence, then slowly backed away and walked down another path. _____________________________________________
Picture of the Day: Sorry cat, barbecue Fritos are for kids.