BY CARLOS ESPINOSA, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, AFRICA - This is our last week, time has gone by so quickly; I can’t believe this is our last week in Zambia. Part of me is ready to go home but at the same time I do wish to stay longer in this country. Since I don’t use a computer on a regular basis, or cellphone, I don’t have any sense of time; I am frequently corrected by somebody letting me know that it is not the day I think it is. I feel a little disconnected.
This last week was a little tough on me. I started my week a little tired from the previous week. Shooting the film has been very challenging and demanding. I had a difficult day this last week where things were just not falling into place; I was getting frustrated and I felt like just going back to the room and calling it a day. However, we had a small meeting where we regrouped and went back to work. At the end of the day, I felt better about the work we accomplished. I have learned that once you begin shooting a film, there is NO stopping it. Everybody depends on each other to keep pushing the shooting.
This Friday and Saturday, we blew some steam out. On Friday we went out for dinner and karaoke. Then we went out dancing at a Zambian club. We had a lot of fun, the group has bonded really well and I know I am going to miss everybody. Saturday we got to play Soccer with a team from Zambia, it was fun to go out there to break some sweat, but of course we got creamed.
So, I am going into this last week with mixed emotions, this has been an amazing experience and in a sense I don’t want it to end. However, I will return home with a sense of accomplishment and pride in the work we have done here in Zambia - it's been worth it all.