What are Your Questions about Zambia

As I get ready for this trip to Zambia, it's been fun to answer questions from family and friends (and in the process, to realize how little I know about Zambia and more broadly about Africa). The kids are helping me create a list of questions to take with me - everything from "Do the toilets really flush backwards" (Everest) to "What do they eat" (Darya) to "Do they have kitty cats" (Eilan).

I thought I'd open the it up to you too... what questions do you have about Zambia? About Africa? Don't be shy - it can be anything from the esoteric to more serious questions like major crops or political stability. I'll do my best to get answers and share them here when I return.

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  1. Morgan on May 4, 2012 at 6:53 p.m.

    We are getting ready to travel around morocco w a 15 month old. Would love to hear general thoughts about traveling in Africa w a toddler.

  2. Ryan at Travel and Graphs on May 5, 2012 at 3:31 p.m.

    This is a great idea! I would have two main questions:

    First, how do the residents feel after roughly 20 years of economic liberalisation? Do they feel it is working for them?

    Second, do they ever have resentment towards westerners who try to "modernize" or "save" them?

    Hope you have a great trip! (sorry if this get double-submitted, the internet at the library I am is acting up.)

  3. Brock - Backpack with Brock on May 6, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

    Great idea! The kids' questions are super cute.

  4. Apoorv Mehta on May 7, 2012 at 3:33 a.m.

    how much costly is the accomodation and living expenses?

  5. Lisa Waszkiewicz on May 7, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.

    I stumbled upon this post while looking for some trave ideas for the summer. I let out a big whoop when I saw the words Zambia. I lived there for 7 years when I was younger (age 5 to 12). Please say hi to Kabalonga (used to be main grocery in Lusaka) for me. I only have a child's perspective of the country (I'm way older than 12 now). I know there was poverty around us. And violence. We used to have curfews with troops on the streets. I remember eating Nshima and Inswa (flying ants). Reedbuck Rd. in Lusaka will always be a part of home for me. Safe travels and enjoy a beautiful country and beautiful people. (sorry for such a long comment. I'm feeling all nostalgic now)

  6. Debbie on May 8, 2012 at 9:20 p.m.

    Thanks everyone! Feel free to keep the questions coming - I'll get answers to as many as I can.