Today was another class/tour day. We had further discussion about cause and effect logic structures, and then worked in our groups to come up with some the diagrams to explain a few situations. It was an interesting approach and a fun intellectual exercise, once we got the hang of it.
This afternoon we went on a tour of an oil lubricant plant. It has been interesting to see the oil refining process all the way from the beginning (with the crude oil transportation, refining, distribution, and now other final products of the refining process). This tour was a good one where we had a good guide. The company was interesting in that the shareholders (3 large transportation companies) for the company were also the customers, so the company really had no say in production and is only able to produce what the shareholders/customers require.
Ndola is an interesting city. They do not have a consumer culture, so everything (i.e. all the shops and stores) shut down at 5. It seems like such a foreign concept to me. The city is vibrant and alive, as I can tell by the noise levels from the street outside our hotel room.
We will have class tomorrow morning and then have the afternoon off. We will have class on Monday and Tuesday (meeting with our project companies on Monday), and then head to our safari on Wednesday morning bright and early. We will be driving down through Lusaka to Livingstone and staying at the Zambezi Sun Hotel near Victoria Falls. Our safari will be on both the river and on the land. We will head back to Ndola on Saturday and then catch our flight back to the states on Sunday.
Even though we are only half way through the trip, I feel as though the remainder of it will fly by.