Addis Ababa Photo Series

 

Addis-9475A year ago (January 2017), I visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with my friends Gwi and Linda. Ethiopia is very close to my heart and it is truly one of my favorite places. The mix of old and new and the rich culture is unlike anywhere I have ever been. We spent our days hiking in Lebu where the views from the small orthodox church are amazing, wandering the streets of Piassa (The Italian district) and our nights watching traditional dancers and indulging in coffee and popcorn from the coffee ceremony our former helper Hannah performed. Here is a photo series of images from our trip taken by Gwi.  Here’s a vlog from my friend Martha Kundwe who accompanied me to Addis in August 2016.

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3 Types of Memorials To Visit To Reflect On A Country’s History

“A sacred landscape is not simply a backdrop for action, but rather a place filled with names, associations and memories that link together everything present there”- Christopher Tilley, A Phenomenology of Landscape: Places, Paths and Monuments

Yesterday marked the 16th anniversary of September 11 and a few weeks ago, I visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan, New York. Honestly, it’s very hard to put into words how I felt throughout the two hour experience except saying that seeing the names of the people that died and seeing their images and hearing/seeing testimonies from their loved ones made it more REAL. I subsequently had a conversation with someone about visiting the museum and they mentioned how if they had perished during the crash, they would not have wanted to be buried there because of the fact that it’s now essentially a stop on tourist’s ‘Things To Do In New York’. It made me think about memorial sites in other countries in the world and why we as travelers visit these places that bear such painful memories. Personally, I think that these sites etch themselves indelibly on the collective history of a nation. Here are 3 types of memorials I think you should visit to get an insight into specific moments in a countries history.

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9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM

The 9/11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance”. The 9/11 Memorial Museum is unique because it is located within and surrounded by remnants of the original World Trade Center site. The museum is divided into Foundation Hall, Memorial Hall, Pavillion and The Ramp. Visitors can view items such as personal belongings from survivors and non survivors, hear and see tributes left by family and friends of loved ones and more. The museum is open daily from 9am to 6.30pm with the last entrance at 6pm from Sunday to Thursday and 7pm on Friday and Saturday . and you can sign up for free tickets (valid for Tuesdays from 5pm to close) here. You can also do a virtual tour.

THE AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND

In 1991, while constructing a government building, the remains of more than 419 free and enslaved Africans were found. Named ‘The African Burial Ground’, the site is New York’s earliest known cemetery from the 16th and 17th century. Construction was halted after the discovery of the remains and after being tested by Howard University specialists and then re-buried in coffins from Ghana in 2007 ceremony that was attended by the poet Maya Angelou . This burial ground is important because often times, Africans are whitewashed from the history of the founding of New York.The first ones were brought by the Dutch West India Company in 1626 and by 1703, 42 percent of households in New York had slaves. The memorial is located at the Ted Weiss Federal Building on 290 Broadway with the visitor center on the first floor. The Visitor center documents the process of the discovery, excavation and reburial of the bones. Items of note include a depiction of a Negro funeral featuring life size human models and a coffin. The memorial itself is outside the building with a small fountain and a circular arrangement of graves with various sankofa symbols and the estimated age at which the person died. Visiting days are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and admission is free.

MEMORIALS RELATED TO SLAVERY

ELMINA CASTLE

Elmina Castle is one of the most recognized memorials in Africa. Constructed between 1482 and 1486 by the Portuguese, it was meant to be a safe harbor for slave trade vessels. “The castle later developed as a point on the infamous slave triangle transporting human cargo to America and the Caribbean”. Slaves were kept under horrible conditions with many of them dying before even making it to the ‘Door Of No Return’ (the infamous portal through which slaves boarded the ships that would take them on the treacherous journey across the Atlantic known as the Middle Passage). Now Elmina Castle is one of the most visited sites in Ghana. It is open everyday from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $10 for foreign adults and $2 for foreign children.

SLAVE MARKET

The site of the Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ in Stone Town Zanzibar is the former slave market where slaves were sold by Arabs until 1873. In 2014, on a trip to Zanzibar for a festival, I visited the Old Slave Market. The tour guide took us down to the lower level where slaves were kept before market day without toilets, little air and food. We had to stoop in some areas and I wondered how grown men and women could be down there. There was also a whipping tree which was used to test the strength of slaves which is now part of the altar of the church. On the outside made of stone are life size statues of slaves with chains around their necks. The Old Slave Market is located in Stone Town Zanzibar on Mkunazini Road and is open from 8am to 5pm. Entrance is $5 for adults and free for children.

VICTIMS OF MASSACRES

THE RED TERROR MARTYRS’MUSEUM

After the last emperor of Ethiopia Haille Sellaise was ousted by communist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, his ‘Derg’ army began a massacre of Ethiopians from all walks of life. Between 1977 and 1978, what was called the ‘Red Terror’ period led to the deaths of an estimated half a million Ethiopians. The Red Terror Martyrs’ Memorial Museum “documents this history and continues to research, collect and present information on this heart breaking page of Ethiopian and world history”. The museum is important because by educating citizens and visitors about the incident, it is an effort” to ensure that atrocities like the “Red Terror” will “Never, Ever Again” be repeated again”. You can view the museum virtually here. and in person by visiting on Monday to Sunday from 8am to 6.30pm. The address is P.O. Box 1643 Code 1000 Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Admission is free. Other museums and memorials dedicated to the memories of people who lost their lives in massacres are The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa and The Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda.

N.B All images belong to the various memorials listed with exception of the ones for the Slave Market which belong to Gwinyayi Mabika of Crafted Media.

Have you visited any memorial sites? Which one(s) resonated with you the most?

21 Date Ideas That Will Bring Romance Back to Your Relationship

There’s nothing wrong with dinner and a movie as a date night or day activity, but I find that sometimes, you need to step out of that comfort zone and do more activities. Here are my 21 picks to change things up! You’ll find a few free activities as well.

  • Get ARTSY
  • Into art? Why not spend a few hours appreciating local art at 37D in Kabulonga. The gallery is open to the public  on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 5pm and is FREE. If you like what you see, feel free to make a purchase. Proceeds from START go towards children .  Take your love for art to a whole new level with sketching and painting classes at The Art Shop which is located at the Deli on 8 Lunzua Road in Rhodespark. They host free classes for beginners and other levels from 9 to 11am. For details call  Candice 0974 279 107.

    Total Cost: FREE

    2. UPGRADE YOUR DANCE MOVES

    Be the envy of everyone on the dance floor by taking latin ballroom dances from Salsa Africa who in addition offer Kizomba, bachata, the chacha and more. The schedules and fees are as follows: Intercontinental Hotel GYM salsa, bachata, chacha etc MONDAY 7PM FRIDAY 6.30PM. k275 per 8sessions (a month) per person. Class durations are btwn 1hr and 1hr 30mns. GOLDEN ZAMBEZI LODGE Kizomba Lessons. Every Wednesday at 6.30pm Charge is K50 per session. MELSIM LODGE Salsa Lessons| social dancing: 6pm to 7pm Main class: 7pm to 8pm. Social dancing: 8pm to 9.3Onpm. K40 per person. Call 0979779306/0979400538 for more information.

    3.TAKE A STROLL

    Remember visiting Munda Wanga Zoo as a child? Did you know that the grounds also house a garden with almost 500 species of plants which is perfect for a weekend stroll. Admission for adults is K25.

    4.  SEE THE COUNTRY AT NEW HEIGHTS

    Did you know that you can go on a hot air balloon in Zambia? The  Busanga plains in the Kafue National Park offers a scenic view. ” Due to its remote location and untouched scenery, a hot air balloon safari in this wildlife-rich area offers an unmatched experience, and a unique bird’s-eye view of the Plains.

    Hot air ballooning is seasonal, so if you’re keen, save the dates 1st August to October 31st. You have to be a guest at the Busanga Bush Camp or Shumba Camp   for three or more nights to be eligible for the complimentary hot air ballooning.

    5. BE AT PEACE

    Yoga and meditation are some of the best ways to unwind. Lusaka Meditation in Kalundu offers free consultations everyday and private introductory classes. Brahma Kumaris offers Raja Yoga meditation which ” is a meditation without rituals or mantras and can be practised anywhere at any time. Raja Yoga meditation is practised with ‘open eyes’, which makes this method of meditation versatile, simple and easy to practice”. All classes are free! The Lusaka location is on great east road Plot no. 3515c, Great East Road, Rhodes Park,  opposite the Government flats. Call  + 260 – 978 157613 or 260- 211- 250685 for more information or email lusaka@zm.brahmakumaris.org.

    6. NOM NOM

    Ever watch shows like ‘Come Dine With Me’ and think you’d be awesome on that show? Amp up your cooking skills for your next dinner party (or to make a romantic meal for your significant other by taking a couples cooking class at Mange Tout, a culinary facility in Kabulonga. You can visit their site to enquire about costs or check their facebook page.

    7. GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ELEPHANTS

    Lilayi Lodge has an elephant orphanage run by Game Rangers International (GRI) on it’s grounds. You can view a feeding of the elephants for free (suggested donation also accepted)  on weekdays from 11am to 1pm. Book a night or two at Lilayi lodge and be eligible to work with the elephant keepers by helping make their food.

    8. Volunteer at LAWS

    If you’re a dog or cat lover, consider spending a few hours volunteering at the Lusaka Animal Welfare Society on Sadzu road behind Levy Mall. You can walk dogs or help clean up their quarters. LAWS are open from 8am to 4pm and dogs are walked in the mornings.Call 096 2222149 for more information.

    9.  OPEN AIR MOVIES

    Not everyday Netflix and Chill. Head outside instead for Zambezi Speaksays open air movies that happen on select Wednesday evenings. Entrance is only K20 and includes free popcorn. Drinks are always on sale.

    10.  SWIM AT MONKEY POOLS

    Monkey Pools is a gorgeous feature located in MukaMunya housing estates on Senanga Drive off Leopards Hill Road. If you know someone who lives there, they can invite you to use the pool for free. If not, adults pay K100 each. Call 096676204 for queries.

    11.  TARGET PRACTICE

    Learning to handle a weapon is always a good skill to learn. Sporting Guns on Leopards Hill Road offers shooting lessons for novices, intermediate and advanced. Lessons start with a meeting with an instructor where tea, coffee and drinks are provided.The session will start with an intro to safe gun handling, eye dominance, gun fit and stance. Rates are as follows for Clay Pigeon shooting ;Instruction including 25 rounds ammunition, gun hire, clays K250 (non members) and non members pay K50 entrance fee + 1 hour instruction (BY APPOINTMENT) K200. Call 0975 381443
    0966 125746 to make an appointment.

    12. PAINTBALL

    Paintball is lots of fun and is actually a pretty decent workout. It can be played 1 a side, but it’s better as a team sport,so make it a group date with your other coupled up friends and head to Paintball Maina located on Malaiti Road off Leopards Hill Road.For K100 per person, you get 100 bullets, full safety gear and unlimited gas. Th group day packages include a lunch for an extra K65 per person. Call 0976 086 944 for more information/directions. Paintball Mania is open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm and 11am on Sundays.

    13. STARGAZE
    Remember the scene in ‘A Walk to Remember’ when Mandy Moore’s boyfriend made her a telescope and eventually bought a star for her? Aww. If you can identify orions belt and the north star, head to the University of Zambia’s Physics Department at the School of Natural Science’s. They have a telescope on hand that members of the public can use. Call 260-211-290429.

    14. BIKE RIDE AT LUSAKA SOUTH ECONOMIC ZONE

    Grab your bicycles and head to the Lusaka South Economic Zone located off Leopards Hill Road for a leisurely ride. Directions: Take the Leopards Hill road out of town. After the boom, take the first road right into Chifewema Rd. (signposted) Take the first right again after second speed bump into a large gate. There’s a signpost a this turn. Then take the next left. Continue till next sign on left, then onto the gate.

    15. GO KARTING
    Put those driving skills to the test at Park Xtreme in Makeni Makeni Track. Rates are as follows:
    5 mins (appr 7 laps) for K30, 10 mins for K50 and 20 mins for K90. Call 097 9976976 for more information.

    16. PICNIC

    The observation deck at the Lusaka National Park is great for picnics. Entrance fee is K30 per person and guests are allowed to bring in their own food and beverages, including a braii stand.

    17. BOAT RIDE KAFUE

    Kafue River Cliff situated 4 km off the Kafue Road, Kafue town on the banks of the Mighty Kafue River
    and is home to the houseboat ‘Lady Betty’. Enjoy a cruise on the boat for K100 per person and admission to the river cliff is K15. The boat leaves at 2pm and 4pm, with the latter being the sunset cruise. (Price may vary on public holidays). Contact information 097 4168751

    18. NIGHT MARKET

    Taste the different foods by vendors at the monthly Food Night Market held at various venues around Lusaka during the non rainy seasons. Entrance fees vary from free to K50, so check the facebook page for full details.

    19. MOTOR RALLIES

    Need for speed? Lusaka hosts a number of motor rallies through the Zambia Motor Sports Association starting with the Mad Maxx Rally and continuing with the International Motor Rally in May which starts in the capital city then makes its way to Chisamba. For tickets, visit the Zambia Motor Rally website.

    20. KARAOKE

    Le Triumph Dolphin is the place to be for a fun filled karoake evening. The original Dolphin is in Northmead on Paseli Road, while the newer one is in Kalundu. Karoke is free with dinner or lunch purchase. Contact numbers are
    260-211-292 133 +260-977-774 954.

    21. SEE REPTILES

    Kalimba Reptile Farm has been one of those places you go as part of a school trip once. You’ll definitely appreciate it more in your adult life. You’ll see Snakes and crocodiles here and the K40 per person entrance fee includes viewing of the reptiles, swimming, golf, volleyball and fishing in the angling pools. Kalimba Farms is in Ngwerere. Directions are on their facebook page. Opening hours are 9am- 5pm including weekends. Their contact info is +260967213272 or +260211847190.

    A Zed Girl in Mauritius

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    “To Travel is to live”- Hans Christensen.

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    The theme of the first month of the Iam A Zed Blogger Challenge for January was about what makes you feel alive and well. Since I missed out on that post, I decided to combine this blog post with both the January and February theme which is ‘its like a drug’. Travel for me is both of those things. To travel is to live and I believe that once you are bitten by the travel bug, you can’t get enough of it. It’s addictive.

    Here are images from my recent trip to Mauritius, which I was able to afford by saving with the help of Barclays Africa. You can see my journey here.

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    For recommendations of what to see in Mauritius, check out the January-February edition of Nkwazi magazine.

    See, Hear, Touch, Taste, Smell.

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    For the past five months, I have been taking part in the #AfricaSaves challenge. This began with me identifying a goal that I would be saving towards and sharing my struggles and successes. I chose a vacation in December in Mauritius mainly because my little sister currently lives there and spending time on an idyllic island is the perfect way to end the year.

    A vacation to Mauritius can be expensive and I’m travelling during peak tourist season, so I still have to make sure that I stick to a strict budget while I’m there. I’d hate to be broke in paradise. So I’ve been researching things to do once I get there so that I know how much things cost on average, which helps with planning. I’ve also been using TripAdvisor, which has pretty authentic reviews. There are obviously touristy things to do, but that costs more money, so I’m trying to incorporate ‘off the beaten path’ activities into my plans.

    I’ll be staying at Grand Baie, which is 45 minutes’ drive from capital city Port Louis. My sister and friends of my parents will be my tour guides.

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    Grand Baie Bazaar

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    I’ve been to some fascinating markets in Addis Ababa (Mercato) and Stonetown, Zanzibar, so the Grand Baie Bazaar is definitely on my list. Open markets are the best places to find souvenirs for friends and family at a fraction of the cost you’d find at an airport. It’s also a great chance to practice my fading French. Reviewers on TripAdvisor say a trip to the bazaar is incomplete without visiting the man who does burn engravings on wood and leather. Noted!

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    Rault Old biscuit Factory

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    Photo Credit| Bonjour Mauritius

    Ever been to a biscuit factory? Me neither. Although not in Grand Baie, I think it’s definitely worth a visit. According to Lonely Planet, “In 1870 the Rault family started producing manioc biscuits at their little biscuit factory on the northern outskirts of Mahébourg. It has changed hardly a jot since. The crispy, square cookies are made almost entirely by hand using a secret recipe passed down from generation to generation and baked on hotplates over stoves fueled with dried sugar-cane leaves.”

    Bois cheri Tea Plantation

    I love tea and have always been interested in the production process, so a trip to the Bois Cheri tea plantation is on the agenda. According to Lonely Planet, “This 250-hectare tea factory and museum is located about 12km north of Rivière des Anguilles amid an endless acreage of cane. Visitors can take an hour-long tour of the tea-processing facility, which ends with a stop at a small exhibition space annotating the island’s tea history through machines and photos. The best part of the visit is undoubtedly the sampling session at the end. It’s advisable to plan your trip during the morning as most of the action takes place before noon”.

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    RUM

    Apart from tourism, Mauritius is known for rum production. A stop at a distillery is on my list!

    FOOD

    Mauritius cuisine is inspired by many cultures – Asian, Indian and Creole. I can’t wait to dig into some fish curry!

    SEE

    Tamil Surya Oudaya Sangam Temple

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    Photo Credit: Trip Advisor

    The breathtaking Surya Oudaya Sangam Temple was built to honour Hindu God Shiva, Durga, Murugan (Skanda) and Ganesh. A money-saving travel tip is to forgo the 200 rupee fee to take pictures and take a mental picture.

    Photography Museum

    Every time I go somewhere new, I make it a point to visit a museum. I’m interested in niche museums, so the photography museum is right up my alley. The photography museum is located in Port Louis and was founded by Tristan Bréville in 1966.

    Chateau de Labourdonnais

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    Although it’s unlikely that we will make it to the North of the island, if we did, The Chateau de Labourdonnais would definitely be on my list. It’s a colonial house that has been restored to show how wealthy families lived there in the nineteenth century.

    A boat cruise is on the list as well. And maybe I’ll finally learn to swim, so I can snorkel. I plan on laying on the beach almost every day too!

    HEAR

    The sounds of Mauritius music. A cultural dance place would be a great place to learn a move or two, and of course the nightlife is to be explored.

    Tips

    I asked one of my favorite travel bloggers Merushka Govendor of Mzansi Girl for some advice on saving while travelling. This is what she had to say: “It’s a challenge. I’m usually very disciplined and don’t spend much on shopping and souvenirs”.

    I have some of my own savings tips below –

    • Skip the tour guide.

    • Stock up on a huge breakfast, skip lunch and have dinner at outdoor markets or an inexpensive restaurant.

    • Use the local language, if you can. It may get you discounts at places like markets.

    • Research ahead of time.

    • Forgo the extras. Instead of paying to take pictures at some places, take in the mental picture.

    How close are you to your savings goal? How will you spend your savings? Let me know in the comments.

    This article is the fifth in a series of sponsored posts for the Barclays Savings Challenge. You can follow the discussion on Twitter and Facebook and share your own experience by using the hashtag #AfricaSaves. Visit the Barclays website for more information about their savings account.

    Show and Tell: Pan African Savings Blog Campaign Month IV

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    It’s been four months since I started my savings challenge and I am proud to say that I have almost reached my goal. I’ve had a few challenges along the way (which you can read about in previous posts), but changing my habits is what’s made my goals easier to reach.
    Here’s what I did:

    Accounting for everything: Using an app, I’ve been religious about accounting for my expenses, big or small. I’ve been saving my receipts from the ATM, shopping etc. I try to add my expenses or income the minute I spend or save, and then once a week, I go over my receipts again just in case I missed something. I have a separate section for fixed costs (like internet) that has helped, and splitting my different sources of income in separate accounts has given me a clear indication of how much more I need to save

    Working at the events I wanted to attend: As mentioned before, it’s summer and I am a social butterfly. I’ve tried to save by attending more free events than paid, but there are some paid events that are too good to miss. I’ve saved and earned  money by either working at a festival (I did social media consulting for the Barefeet Festival so because I was part of the team, I entered for free), and at other festivals I signed up for press passes in exchange for a written posts on the fest guru site). For another festival this weekend, I’m attending one day instead of the whole weekend because it will be cheaper for me and cuts my expenses in half (i.e. instead of paying for two nights, two days of drinks and food, two outfits, I save). Also, instead of a hotel, we’re crashing at a friend’s place nearby. Save!

    With my savings, I will be heading to Mauritius in December on vacation. I will be saving again by staying at my sister’s apartment, so I’ll have extra money to enjoy ourselves. I plan on purchasing my ticket at the beginning of November.

    I plan to continue my savings journey because I believe being financially responsible is something everyone should learn in their 20s. Instead of saving for a trip, my next savings goal is for my business endeavors. I’m starting a lifestyle site and hope to get my greeting card line off the ground and two food-related ventures within the next year. Wish me luck!

    How Much I’ve raised:K 6,820

    How Much I have to go: 4,000

    Follow the Barclays Savings Challenge and discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Share your own experience by using the hashtag #AfricaSaves. Visit the Barclays website for more information about their savings account.

    Barclays Savings Challenge III: It’s The Little Things

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    It is said that the little things in life are what matter most. And it was John Dyden who said, “We first make our habits, then our habits make us”. This month, I want to build on some savings habits I’ve started.

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    This past month, I’ve learnt about the good old ‘emergency fund’. My mum has always talked about saving money for ‘a rainy day’, but when I was in college, I wasn’t about that life. I remember my bank account having two dollars in it one day and I was at the train station in Manhattan waiting to connect to a train to get home and I couldn’t even afford a bagel and coffee after paying for my train ticket. To me, it wasn’t such a big deal because I always knew my allowance would be deposited in my account on the first of every month, or that I’d be paid in two months.

    However, now that I’m back home, things are a little different. As a freelancer, you aren’t always a top priority on people’s payroll lists, so you don’t always get paid on time. It’s literally up to you to follow up, which is why it’s super important to get into the habit of stashing extra cash for unexpected events.

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    I’ve had a number of unexpected events this past month. One of them was realizing my new laptop didn’t come with pre-installed software. So I had to pay to get that installed, because my work depends on a laptop. The second unexpected event was a 36-hour power cut. Load shedding is the new normal here, but there is a schedule and it’s meant to last only 8 hours a day. However, last week it went two hours before schedule and, when I got back from work, it was still gone and it didn’t come back until the following evening. I usually cook a meal that can last a few days, but the power cut meant I couldn’t cook. So I had to buy takeout.

    Eating out was one of the things I have been trying to cut down on since I began thissavings challenge, but in this case, it was an emergency. Thankfully, I used money from my emergency savings fund to cover my meal, and to save a little bit, I used the ‘Coupon Book’. The coupon book contains coupons from mostly restaurants, airlines and spas in Zambia and was started by my friend Mu Mudenda of VALA.

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    I’m focusing on good spending and saving habits this month and I hope you will too. How is your #AfricaSaves journey going? Do you have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments.

    Follow the Barclays Savings Challenge and discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Share your own experience by using the hashtag #AfricaSaves. Visit the Barclays website for more information about their savings account.

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    Every Ngwee Counts

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    “Money Isn’t Everything, but its right up there with oxygen”- Zig Ziglar

    Hello August!

    August is always a welcome month for me because the days finally get warmer and it means summer is around the corner. However, it also means temptation, as this month is rife with chances to overspend.

    The month starts with a four-day holiday due to the Lusaka Agricultural and Commercial show and there are festivals and many more events. Attending events is important as an afrosocialite, but here are a few ways I’m saving money this month.

    • Downloaded Money Saver App
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    After reading up on a few free apps online, I chose Spending Tracker that I downloaded from the PlayStore on my phone. It’s a pretty simple app that is broken into areas like Spending, Transactions, Categories and Accounts. Under Spending is Income – Expenses = Balance so you can fill out the amounts like I did. The app uses the dollar sign which can’t be changed, but that’s not a big deal. Under categories you can choose anything from clothes, food, gas which are already listed, or add your own like I did for pets. You can calculate your finances on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

    • Reduced Going Out
    • This is proving to be the hardest part as I do love to be out and about (especially with load shedding), but I am trying to limit the events I attend so I won’t have to spend money on food, drinks, gas and cab fare when I’m there. Or I attend free events (like a recent Polo match) to save on admission fee. Usually, events are live tweeted, so I won’t feel like I’m completely missing out if I stay home.
    • Took On An Extra Job

    As a freelancer, sometimes you get offers and sometimes you don’t. I took on a part-time job this month. Since I work part-time somewhere else, I essentially have three jobs, which means I now have extra revenue.

    • Coins

    I can’t tell you how much I hated carrying coins when I lived in the US, but you needed them to get on the bus and for the vending machine. Then, when I moved back to Zambia, coins were introduced. I try to avoid getting change in coins, but I’ve decided to go old school and have a piggy bank for all my coins. Towards the end of the year, I’ll count them and turn it in to the bank to get notes and use that money for extra things in Mauritius (like a nice iced vanilla latte).

    • Images

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    They say pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ve been looking at my vision board more often because it has a picture of Mauritius on it. By constantly looking at it and visualizing it, I get motivated to save towards my trip.

    • Deals

    It is said that one should never pay full price for anything, so I’ve been looking at deals online for air tickets. Since I plan to travel to Mauritius in December (which is peak season), the ticket will generally be more expensive. But, if you pick flights with more connections, it’ll be cheaper even if it’ll take longer to get there. The views will definitely be worth the longer wait, right?

    Joining me in the #AfricaSaves challenge? Which of the tips I’ve listed would you consider for your savings goal? Would some be harder to do than others? Let me know what you think in the comments.

    This article is the second  in a series of sponsored posts for the Barclays Savings Challenge. Follow the discussion on Twitter and Facebook and share your own experience by using #AfricaSaves. Visit the Barclays website for more information about their savings account.

    Pan African Savings

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    “The habit of saving is itself an education; it fosters every virtue, teaches self-denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains to forethought, and so broadens the mind
    ” –T.T. Munger

    For me, the second half of the year means reviewing my goals that were created at the beginning of 2015 and to talk about the big ‘M’ word ; MONEY. I’ve never been good at saving money at all (in fact I’ve always had checkings and not savings accounts). But all that is about to change.

    As I get older and see that friends my age are buying their first cars, and in one case a first house, I realize that if I want those things for myself, I will have to start being more financially aware.

    So, with the help of Barclays Africa, I’m taking on the Pan African Savings Campaign. For the next six months, I will be sharing my savings journey with you. The goal is for us to create our own savings goals and encourage each other to stick to them. Other bloggers from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Botswana will be involved in the Pan African Savings Campaign, so it will be interesting to follow their progress.

    Now, in order to save, one must have a goal in mind, or a dream. My dream is to spend New Years eve in Mauritius with my little sister. Travel is one of my greatest loves, and when I turned 24 , I decided I would visit 5 new African countries between then and my 30th. So far I’ve been to Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zanzibar and South Africa, so I have two more to go.

    Every dream/goal comes with challenges of course. For the past 2 and a half years, I’ve been a freelancer as some other bloggers are, so  I don’t have a day job that gives me a salary every 30 days. That means I’m going to have to be creative.

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    Either way, I’m up for the challenge and I encourage you to start saving for your dreams. I’ll also be sharing my Pan African Savings Campaign journey on social media via my twitter @afrosocialite using the hashtag #AfricaSaves #Savings101#SavingWithBarclays and my new facebook page for this blog .

    This post is sponsored by Barclays Africa and I’ll be working with them over the next couple of months to share my savings journey and educate on you on saving.

    I maintain full editorial control of the content published on this site and the opinions shared are my own.

    Into The Wild

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    Ever since I heard that Lusaka was going to get it’s own national park in March, I decided that I was going to have a safari themed birthday. I had planned everything from the dresscode to invites. Except it didn’t open in March. When it finally officially opened in June, I sent out the invites and had a ‘re-birthday’ (Nothing wrong with celebrating your birthday again). Here are some images from our trip ‘Into The Wild’.

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    Our trip started with breakfast/ early lunch at one of my favorite spots Sugarbush Cafe.

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    Then we continued on to the national park, where we stopped for a group photo and met our guide who took us to the rhino pen.

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    The male Rhino’s name was Thabo Mbkei by the way.

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    We had such a great time at the Lusaka National Park although we didn’t get to see any giraffes 😦 . There is an observation deck and a picnic area where you can bring your own food and have a braii. Entrance is only K30 per person and that includes the self drive safari. It’s advisable to use a 4 wheel drive as there are lots of rocks at the park.

    Directions: Pass Crossroads mall on leopards hill road, pass the graveyard and keep going till you reach the checkpoint. About 100 metres after, you’ll see a sign on the first left for the Lusaka Economic Zone and the Lusaka National Park (the sign for the national park is quite small but the economic zone and the national park are in the same location).

    The Lusaka National Park is a great day getaway especially for the long weekend.

    Photo Credit|unikuemoda.tumblr.com