// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
LUSAKA From our hotel in Zimbabwe we literally walked into Zambia, across an old steel bridge near Victoria Falls, arriving in the town of Livingstone. We didn't stay there long, however, instead we caught a bus to the capital, Lusaka. Zambia and Zimbabwe were both once part of British Rhodesia, though they had very different post-colonial histories. In the 1960s Northern Rhodesia was granted independence and became the nation of Zambia. Meanwhile the White colonists of Southern Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe) declared independence from England before England could establish a multi-racial, democratic government like in Zambia, which would have stripped the 10% White population of most of its power (this famously led to the world's first UN Sanctions, near global isolation, and a terrible civil war). But Zambia avoided many of those problems and today it is a quiet little country home to 73 ethnic groups and just as many languages.
TAZARA RAILWAY The Tazara Train makes a three day, 1169 mile journey, connecting Zambia to Tanzania. It was built with support from China in the 70s and the train cars are Chinese made. There's a restaurant and dining car, a lounge, even showers aboard. I was in a second class cabin which has six beds. Men and women are separated which means my sister and I were separated though you're free to hang out together during the day. You can see my room and my bunkmates below. Three days is a long time, but we made some good friends and its a great way to see rural life across the country.