NALA invited by Makishi people ( painted by Ignitius Sampa, Lusaka / Zambia )
Ignitius Sampa died at a car accident in November 2014. RIP Ignitius....
I left Lusaka several days ago and now I am enjoying the village life again. The people greet politely and it is nice to be able again to sleep outside, to smell the fresh air and to see the stars.
3 days ago a woodchopper picked me up by the road side and invited me to dinner and to stay at his place over night. He served chicken feet and mushrooms, but I didn’t try the chicken feet. That was in a tiny village with only 2 houses and dirty children whose noses were covered with snot. They were playing outside the houses, but when they noticed me, they stood rooted to the ground and didn’t move at all. When I waved at them, they waved back, but when I approached them, they ran away.
But when I pulled out my little Punchinello doll, that had fallen off the bus way back, they giggled and wanted to play with it.
Later it started to rain and together we hid underneath my yellow rain coat.
When I cycled happily through the villages today and enjoyed the freedom (I love the clouds and the fresh wind that blows past me), 4 strange figures came towards me. I was wondering what they were and when I came closer I saw scraggy grimaces with masks and large hats that wanted to frighten me.
But of course I was not scared of these mops on legs, because this is what they looked like.
I said „boo“ and scared them so much that they flinched and hence stopped me.
We started talking and soon the invited me to eat with them and they showed me their cute little mud hut with a thatched roof.
They pestered me with questions while I ate this clumpy maize goop (Nshima) that was served with lots of greens, like pumpkin leaves, sweet potatoes, cassava and chinese cabbage.
And now my belly is so fat and needs to rest.
I will write again soon.
Until then …
NALA is leaving Lusaka ( drawing by Steve Mwansa, Lusaka / Zambia )
Hello my dear friends,
here I am again. I'm very sorry that I did not report long time with you.
I was sick and did not feel well and had no desire to write. Now I'm feeling much better again, but I want to say goodbye from Lusaka.
I was almost everywhere in the city and have everything looked exactly. Now it is time again to swing my butt down on the bike and heading towards Malawi.
I guess there waiting more determined adventure for me.
I would say goodbye and I'll get on the road.
Kids loving NALA ( painted by Nukwase Tembo, Lusaka / Zambia )
Kids loving NALA
... and therefore we will also hold our first schoolproject soon.
The NALA Schoolproject called "The NALA painting day" more Informations soon.
NALA on the mini - bus. ( painted by Christopher Simbule, Lusaka / Zambia )
I send greetings again from Lusaka, but this time from the bus terminal. I am not really well today, I feel a little bit under the weather. I walked across the market, watched the hustle and bustle in the streets and got on a mini bus for the first time and this experience put me over the edge.
There were 24 people on the bus instead of 16, and I felt squeezed like a sardine in a can. I felt really sick afterwards because almost the whole time I had to smell the armpit of a man who hadn’t washed himself for several weeks. Phew!
Inside the bus it smelled like a troll cave, but I survived it somehow and now I am on my way back to my accommodation.
I am going to rest a little bit and will get back to you when I feel better, because there is so much more to see and explore here.
Until then …
NALA phoned home ( painted by Mapopa Hussein Manda, Lusaka / Zambia )
Today is he day when I phone home, for the first time in those 15 months that I have been traveling.
Apart from a few postcards that I had sent home, I thought it was about time that I called my mother and told her about my long journey.
I want to tell her about the nice people I met, about the dangerous animals, the many reports in the newspapers and the two interviews with the radio and TV and of course about my dream to travel beyond the mountains and to meet SADE in person.
But my mother will think of it a quite ridiculous!
Whatever, I don’t care!
I will definitely continue my journey and I am very happy that I get to follow my dream.
And for you to also have something to dream about …
here is my favourite music. http://www.the-nala-project.com/home-english/nala-s-music/
NALA meets a strange creature (painted by Gordon Shamulenge, Lusaka / Zambia )
When I walked along the streets in Lusaka and watched the hustle and bustle, I didn’t take long for someone to approach me. No, not the usual approach, when people ask me: “Where are you from?” and “Where are you heading to?” No, it was a strange yet super nice creature.
It wished me a belated Happy Birthday and that surprised me a lot. I don’t know its name because it disappeared as quickly as it had appeared.
I happily continued the stroll and visited the markets in Lusaka that where swarmed with people selling all kinds of things. At City Market people were selling fish next to shoes and huge piles of used clothes from Europe and America as well as cabbage, tomatoes, tree worms, live chickens that were squeezed into small cages awaiting their slaughtering, and plastic stuff from China.
It’s a big mess but very interesting to watch.
I will tell you more about it later.
Until then, best regards
NALA in Lusaka ( painted by Caleb Chisha, Lusaka / Zambia )
Oh well, what else can I tell you?! I have seen and experienced so many things already.
I was in the Namibian Desert, stayed with the Himbas, went to a traditional Owambo wedding in northern Namibia, cycled through National Parks where I came very close to buffalos and elephants which were having brunch.
I was in Zimbabwe and met many new friends who welcomed me so heartily, saw hippos at Lake Kariba, and now I am in Zambia and almost in the capital Lusaka.
I can’t wait to find out what it’s like and what’s going on there.
Of course later I will tell you about my experiences in Lusaka and the rest of Zambia.
So stay curious because I am very much curious myself!
Talk to you later and kind regards!
NALA´s Birthdaycake ( quick drawing by André Pilz )
So folks, I must introduce you to: My birthday cake. This delicious piece of Art, I baked it myself and I will
eat it all by myself. I munch like crazy and celebrate alone on my 8th Birthday.
My family has of course not called me, as I thought so, but I do not care.
I enjoy the now and tomorrow I will drive towards Lusaka.
Chat later my friends
NALA´s Birthday ( Sculpture made by Owen Shikabeta, Lusaka / ZAMBIA )
Today is my brithday!
I can’t even believe it, I am turning 8 already and that’s why I have picked this beautiful flower from a tree.
It’s just for me, myself and I.
I am very upset though because I am all by myself and nobody is here. I could phone my family, but they had never remembered my birthday in the past and I had never received any gifts …
I always only received new tasks to do.
No, no and no, I won’t phone them. But I will bake a delicious chocolate cake and I will eat it all by myself in infinite satisfaction.
NALA in Siavonga ( Sculptur made by Joseph Shakulipa, Lusaka / ZAMBIA )
I just came back from shopping, but this time I have bought many mangos, chicken and lollipops, because I have a long, exhausting journey over the mountains ahead of me.
I have fetched water from the well.
I am in Siavonga heading to Kafue where I am going to meet friends again, but I don’t know them yet.
Last night I slept in a school and the teacher and his wife invited me to a BBQ.
I had bought some fish at the market and the teacher’s daughters had fried it over the fire.
That was soooo delicious!
Talk to you later!
NALA on the bicycle ( made by Chris Kamubuza, Lusaka / Zambia )
Well, I am in Zambia now.
The people here are very friendly as well and for the first time I can see what one can load onto a bicycle.
Here people transport chicken, pigs, crates of coca cola, 150 kg charcoal, a 3 meter long corrugated iron sheet, flour sacks and many other things.
I have to try that to and load some food onto my bicycle … a Mc Chicken with feathers.
Are these bicycle taxis waiting over there? As a matter of fact, they also transport people, just like that very fat lady that was being wheeled by just now.
I will tell you more about it later.
If you want to see more Artworks from ZIMBABWE, NAMIBIA and SOUTH AFRICA than you click here:
latest update: 24. August 2019
NALA made out of Flip Flops
" This extraordinary NALA Sculpture was made by kenyan born Artist Davis Ndungu from Cape Town, South Africa.
NALA and the unknown Objects 1
" The Vacuum cleaner"
NALA has a writer´s block.
painted by André Pilz, 120cm x 100cm, acrylic and dutch metal on canvas
Today I really wanted to start writing my book, but somehow I could not think of anything.
I had so many thoughts flying through my head, but I did not know how to start.
I put things on the table to inspire, but somehow I can not get started.
In any case, I already have the title.
"My little purple bike".
Maybe I'll start writing tomorrow.
Good Night, Friends
latest update: 6.May 2019
NALA ART Booklet ready for Download
The NALA ART Booklet is now available as PDF File for download.
Selected Artists show amazing NALA Artworks from southern and east Africa.
NALA Slideshow video on YouTube
On YouTube you can see the little video, which we shown during the NALA ART Exhibition in Germany.
This Video shows André´s and Nala´s artistic bicycle Journey through Africa.
The titles are in german language, but there are very nice photos to see.
Follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSkB-UHgOeo
It will be lovely if you can leave a comment about the NALA Project here: Opinion about The NALA Project.
Thank you very much
Yours NALA and André
I am currently in: Lenzburg / Switzerland
Tel. +49 176 4382 7985
+ André and NALA are back in Switzerland to promote
The NALA Project and their Artists. Searching new Exhibition Space.
We will continue our NALA Project Cycling Tour from
February 2020 in Congo Brazzaville, Gabon and Cameroon.
Cycled kilometer: 16.425 km
Tourstart by Bike was: Monday April 1, 2013
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