I'M MOVING: Goodbye Zambia, hello Italy, again!
Living in Zambia for 10 years has been a huge challenge. The things that most people in Europe, North America, and many other areas take for granted are not guaranteed here: clean water*, electricity, fuel for cars, internet service, basic groceries, helpful government workers, etc. I have a new appreciation for all of the above, and with constant frustration comes a bit of patience and acceptance. Or so I would hope.
To live in Africa you must be tough. I am not THAT tough.
Zambia is experiencing difficult times now, politically, economically, and in the environment. The fact that I DO have choices makes me less tenacious than others, I believe. After all, I hold a US passport and permanent residency in Italy. With the recent wars and refugee crisis, I recognize just how privileged I am to have choices as to where to live and work.
So, I have decided to return to my home in Italy. As of June 1st, I will once again be in Lucca. I will miss my friends and students, the nature and open spaces, the zebras, and the surprises.
*Flint, Michigan understands