Author Archives: Zags in Zambezi

Courage, dear heart

I am here. I am here in Zambezi. Many of you know that the journey to write those very words began for me in November of 2015, when I first applied and was accepted to study abroad in Zambezi for … Continue reading

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The Thorny Grace of It

An open letter to the future Maddie LeBrun: It all started in a bookstore. Do you remember? You were with that beautiful creature you get to call a sister and she was dragging you through the Elliot Bay Book Company … Continue reading

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Just Be

When people ask me what I love most in life, I answer “relationships” confidently and without hesitation. Whether the relationships I have are with my family, friends, or even my professors, I get more joy out of the connections I … Continue reading

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The Waiting Room

As a kid I can remember being terrified of hospitals. Though it was not that often, I can recall the uneasy feeling I would get whenever going to the hospital for a friend or family member. When I think about … Continue reading

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Chindende, Chindende

A single paved highway spans the 500 Kilometer distance from Solwezi, a town filled with hustle and bustle after a boom in the copper mining industry, to Zambezi, the town our Zags have called home for the past few weeks. … Continue reading

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Light and Dark

“You HAVE to have both the light and the dark.” Says Lydia as she and I lay back watching our group partake in a late night activity. Out of the many great conversations I have had with both my fellow … Continue reading

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Humans of Zambezi: Chiwala Katakana

  “We are here to love each other.” Chiwala Katamuna is infinitely polite. When asked a question—any question—he responds with a “Yes, please,” before offering his measured, thoughtful response. For every question asked, he has two of his own, and … Continue reading

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Laughing Through Zambezi

As I sit down and reflect on my experiences in Zambezi, the moments in which I find comfort, purpose, and connection are through the shared laughter that I am experiencing so consistently during my time here. Yeah, yeah, I get … Continue reading

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Take Me To Church

Before starting the long journey to Zambezi, I had a small flutter of fear cross my mind about how completely unprepared I felt. Thirteen days later I know that no matter what I did to prepare, I still would have … Continue reading

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BYOB – Bring Your Own Bridge

  This past weekend sure was an adventure; I think I could almost write a short story on all the events of Saturday. Although I really only wanted to write a short summary of our adventure, anything less than the … Continue reading

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