I remember when my sister came to stay with me in London and I was throwing a barbecue, I asked her how to clean the barbecue stand and she said she didn’t know. I asked her how we do it in Zambia because I couldn’t remember ever cleaning one and we loved throwing braiis (as it’s called in southern Africa). Her response, ‘Mr Lungu does it’.

This was my re-introduction into the lifestyle of many people in Zambia. Obviously coming home for holidays, the maids aren’t new to me but actually seeing how there is literally someone to do nearly everything you need doing was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment. I get my bags taken out of the car when I get to the office, get my tea made for me, my lunch brought for me, the grocery shopping done. Actually, I really don’t have to do much. If it wasn’t that the maid’s cooking leaves much to be desired, I wouldn’t even have to cook! It’s easy to get into a lifestyle that really doesn’t require you doing much, but become a woman of leisure (outside of official working hours of course).

Even yesterday, Mary was slightly mortified by me packing my own bags in the supermarket – not because she can’t do it, but rather, why would you want to do?

I think I could enjoy living here.

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