Saturday, July 12, 2008

The container arrives!

Now doesn't that sound so optimistic! Our container is in Lusaka!

Our lovely messenger, Deborah, at World Wide Movers (who has been so incredibly nice) delivered this happy message the other day and wanted to know if we would be home that very afternoon to recive said container. She had the unenviable task of having to call us right back to say there was a hiccup in the plan to deliver the container that afternoon. Instead, she needed Todd to go down the the 'Light Industrial Area' to 'witness' the unloading of the containter into a bonded warehouse space (Global Logistics - from my Polocross posting below....) where it will sit until said hiccup is resolved.

The short story is that in order for goods, any goods, to be imported duty-free (as the policy is written for general household goods for permitted workers moving to Zambia should be), said goods need to arrive within 6 months from the issue date on the work permit. Official word of Todd's work permit took quite some time to make it to us - it was issued in November but we didn't hear of it officially until January and didn't pack until February and now it is July...9 months later. There is a bit more to it but this is the boiled down version.

Right now we are at a crossroads....feeling a bit silly about whining about all our 'stuff' but at the same time getting really tired of sitting on the cold, hard floor and sharing little plastic plates on cardboard boxes with the kids at mealtime. The score? Global Logistics 1, Jennnings 0

Photos below: Owen and Finny, playing with the toy helicopter Nana sent in April. I felt badly for telling the kids the shipment was here...Next time we wait until the truck in in our driveway.

PS Many "new" old postings appear below!

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Well, we're behind on updates as we sort out computer issues so watch out for a posting-flurry.

In the meantime I thought I'd give a play-by-play of confusing news from Zambia: The President, Levy Mwanawasa, suffered from a stroke while in Egypt a few days back. He was possibly flown to a private hospital in Paris in a coma or....semi-coma (what does this mean?). This morning, a news report was released: Mwanawasa had died. South African President Thabo MBeki observes a moment of silence, regrets are expressed all around.

Then MBeki issues a statement saying that Zambia has denied Mwanawasa's death and revises his statement, wishing him a full, speedy recovery.

And from Zambia? What do we hear? He's had a stroke in Egypt, he is now in Paris, he is stable, he is being treated for hypertension....

It's all very interesting. We will certainly be keeping an ear to the news these coming days.