For weeks before I submitted my PhD thesis, I had a post-it note on my office wall "submission=Lusaka" it was part of my motivation to push on with the final part of my thesis and submit. I submitted on October 31st. It was, for want of a better word, an anti-climax. My thesis was printed and bound, then I took the copies to the college office to submit. I was given a lollipop in return, no fireworks, no dancing. I don't think it has really sunk in if i'm honest, I keep waiting for someone to tell me to go back to the office and finish it. There was however, Prosecco, chocolate and a 'submission rosette' from some of my work colleagues and a mini-celebration in the pub on Friday after work.
So where am I? Safely in Lusaka after a couple of rather bumpy flights on Thursday/friday. I made it...so far I've read half of one of the books I brought with me, slept (a lot) and tried to get used to the heat. I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks of relaxation, rest and hopefully recuperation - it certainly feels like I'm back in Africa and in fact the water has been on and off just in case I needed a reminder.