I thoroughly enjoyed this little glimpse of expat life in Zambia in the early '80s. I cannot imagine travelling with three tiny children for a mini break, but transplanting everyone and starting a new life in a very different country leaves me a little breathless. I loved the author's humour in coping with situations unique to living in Africa. Overseeing three small children, one very busy husband, dogs and some rather unpredictable house staff, as well as sewing up a storm for the local theatre productions makes for a very amusing memoir. I devoured it in only two sittings and it left me needing to read the next installment.
What a fun book! I don't think I have ever been able to say that before but it was. It was an easy read, a book I read in two days mainly because I had trouble putting it down. Ann Patras involved me in every aspect of her move with 3 kids, 13 crates and her husband Ziggy to Zambia. We went through the plane trips with the kids, her trials and tribulations obtaining food, finding local help for household chores, making friends, finding entertainment, the culture and needs of the Zambian people. Everything the family experienced, their activities were all written in a " laugh out loud" style. There are some episodes I still laugh at particularly the home invasion and Ann's attire. Having travelled to Africa I can believe everything that happened. High five to Ann Patras and I'm moving on to her next book "Still in Africa". Of course, I would recommend this to anyone.