My Journey to Zambia

Zambia 2013

By Jennifer James

July 13, 2013

Also published on Jennifer James' blog and Tumblr.

Today’s the day! I officially begin my trip to Zambia as an International Reporting Project Zambia Fellow. I am excited to get on the ground and visit NGOs, clinics, experts, researchers, civil servants, and most of all those who are affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

I am going to Zambia to report on these three infectious diseases that claim the lives of four million people each year. I will do my level best to tell their stories with as must tact, sensitivity, and insight as I can and provide interesting reporting about how Zambia, in particular, and Africa in general are fighting these diseases.

I have flown internationally out of Washington Dulles more times than I can count. I always love coming to Dulles’ international terminal. It makes me feel like I’m actually leaving the country, not just flying a regional jet a few states north. They have the whole theme going with the flags and varied international fare to accommodate the taste buds of those who are either arriving in the country or are starting the long trek home.

I will be here for a few more hours still. One thing that I have learned after many years of flying is I would much rather be one of a few people milling around than making a mad dash for my next flight. It’s peaceful here this morning. None of the big flights have landed yet, but a few are getting ready to board for faraway places.

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