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A Solar Eclipse Expedition:

An Event for Girl Scouts

Including Sights from Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana

June 17 - June 27, 2001

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image of Commonwealth Youth Program building

The Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) of the University of Zambia was our home for the first few days of the trip. But, where in the world were we?  Take a look at the map below. On the left, you get the idea that Zambia is a land-locked country in the south of Africa. On the right, you can see more details about exactly where we were. Over the course of our trip, we traveled from the Lusaka to Livingstone at the southern border of Zambia.

Map Southern Africa Map Zambia

Immediately upon arriving at the CYP, Mitzi and Elizabeth were whisked away to Matero Boys' Secondary School to tell the VERY well informed boys about the eclipse. To put this into perspective, recall that we had just finished an eight-hour plane flight to London, followed by a twelve-hour layover, followed by another ten-hour plane flight to Lusaka! The boys, who were very patient with us two severely, sleep deprived Americans, asked excellent questions. (Click on the images for larger versions.)
boys school speaking to Matero

The brick wall that surrounded our first home was topped with broken glass. Many other walls were topped with barbed wire. This design is intended to keep out thieves. Although Zambians gained their independence in 1964, there are still many poor people.
CYP wall glass wall

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Last Updated: January 03, 2007