This is not your usual walk in some park in a suburb; we are talking about South Luangwa National Park! A few days ago, a woman was trampled to death by an elephant as she was gathering firewood. Despite such terrifying news, Chris and Serena dare themselves to go on a walking safari. Do they get confronted by any wild animals? Do they finish their walk without a scratch? What adventures wait ahead in this stunning park with exotic creatures?
Chris and Serena spend their second day in South Luangwa by going on game drives. Serena reminisces about an old school trip and gets back at Chris for laughing at her the previous day. Chris has a close encounter with a beast in the wild. How will their eventful day pass?
Chris and Serena travel to South Luangwa for a couple of days to experience life in the wild. Though Chris is well acquainted with the present situation in Zambia, Serena is mostly caught unawares throughout their journey because she hasn’t been in the country for so many years now. How do the friends deal with the adventures they have on their first day to South Luangwa?
How will Serena and Chris enjoy their first Saturday in the capital of Zambia? Serena wakes up early anxious to find out how the day will pan out. Chris takes Serena to the Saturday market to enjoy good food and the buying of some souvenirs. After that Chris has a surprise for Serena. How will she react to his surprise? And what do they think of the nightlife of Lusaka?
Serena and Chris explore Lusaka. They have a tour around the city in which they grew up and knew so intimately. Chris comes back often, so adjustment to the Lusaka lifestyle is easy for him. Serena on the other hand left the country as a teenager and now comes back confronted by memories of how it was back then and how much Lusaka has changed and looks now. How does Serena feel seeing Lusaka in broad daylight? Has Chris prepared himself well for the journey?
Serena and Chris arrive at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport after some interesting plane journeys and finally meet each other after years and years of separation. Do they find it difficult to get along, or is physical distance merely overrated? Chris and Serena share their thoughts on the moment they meet after 8 years.
Serena and Chris start their journeys from different parts of the world. Whereas Chris flies from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Lusaka, Zambia, Serena takes a longer route from Mumbai, India, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and then to Lusaka finally.
In Chapter 1, Serena and Chris sit at the airports at Amsterdam and Addis Ababa waiting for their flights, thinking about their journeys ahead and planning their long awaited reunion.
Mengedegna Adventures is a story about two Third Culture Kids, Chris Blok and Serena Shirazi, who through their multicultural experiences and internationalist outlooks find themselves transported from one corner of the globe to others. Having studied in the same school in Zambia together, the two friends decide to reunite in Zambia after 8 years of separation. This blog is an account of their story, their thoughts, and their experiences from their childhoods in Zambia, Africa, to their adulthood in other parts of the world.