Ten years ago today, a 21 year old girl stepped off a British airways flight at Lusaka International Airport. The heat was intense, but arriving from a wintery Sweden it was a nice change. As she had grown bored and felt stuck in a rut in Sweden, she had come out to Zambia to work for six month at an orphanage. Little did she know back then that she would still be in the same country ten years on, writing a blog post about it!
I can’t get my head around the fact that I’ve been here ten years! It was obviously love that made me stay, I fell not only for a warm and friendly culture but also a man… I met my husband the very day I landed in this country and we married the following year. Moving to a continent that is so different from home was a process, and I might still be in it. But this is home now, my children only know Zambia as their home and I would be very sad if we ever had to leave. I stepped off that plane a shy young girl, looking to broaden my horizon, ten years on I’m a wife and mother of four heading for my middle-age…!