Blogs from Lilongwe, Central, Malawi, Africa - page 4


Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 11th 2015

Four days spent at Cool Runnings was a peaceful oasis in a busy and chaotic fishing village. Apart from snoozing on comfy loungers, or wallowing in the shallows of the lake to cool off, there wasn't a lot to do there. We went for a long walk down the beach, passing children playing, and mothers doing their washing, though I was heartened to see several young men washing their clothes too. There was a small hotel further down the beach and we went in there for lunch. It took an hour to come, and it was only cole slaw and chips. It took them 10 minutes to decide which of the soups used fresh ingredients, and 20 minutes to devide there was no soup available at all. And the chips were flabby, which is quite a ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 11th 2015

Wed 26thAugust First potential emotional meltdown. Was trying to book a safari in Zambia and Botswana for a week after my teaching sojourn, and needing a Zambian visa nearly became my internet Nemesis. Various websites seemed definite that I would not be able to get one at entry, though one hinted that I might. A live chatroom suggested I ask the Zambian Consulate. Their website was stiff with phone numbers to ring, which on closer inspection were all the same number, and they obviously had staffing problems, as all I got was a cheery announcement telling me to phone between 9am and 4.30 Monday to Friday. Eleven thirty on a Wednesday clearly wasn't good enough. Luckily my cousin works for a Zambian company so I rang him. 'Just pay US$50 on entry,' he said. Problem solved. ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 8th 2015

Hi Folks, Just getting my blog set up so I will be ready to go whenever I have internet access. I am really excited to be joining 14 other Habitat Leaders from around the USA on this excursion to Malawi. We are planing only 2 days of building with the remainder of our time spent learning about the OVG programs in Malawi and how we can partner with them. Stay tuned for more to follow. Michelle... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 19th 2014

From Tuesday 16th It was a lovely weekend at Mabuya Chameleon was fun, lovely garden, pleasant jazz, cocktails and a glimpse of another side of Malawi life. I had two liquid cocaine cocktails - vodka, curacao and lime, and a blowjob - amarula and coffee. When we got back to the camp, we had another drink and Caroline and I took on Ritchie and Ian at pool. With skill and precision Caroline potted the white four times in the same hole. Back to the project site on Monday afternoon, after a stop off at a garage for lunch. The garage cooked chips, samosas and vavious other dishes. I tried a small carton of a milky caramel coloured liquid, labelled fruit juice. It was sEeet and slightly bitter, rsther grsnular and pretty disgusting. Kira, Heather's daughter said ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 14th 2014

Friday morning we mostly bundled the bunches of thatch into bigger bundles ready to be thrown up to the roof. There's a huge pile that gradually gets smaller as we stack it onto pole frames. Some of the small bundles come untied and spread straw around, which is incredibly slippery. I make it a personal target to try and spot the bundles coming adrift and retie them to prevent wastage. We try difernt ways: some people like to work alone, collecting 4 large bunches and tying them into a half bow with 'line', which is a thin strip of rubber torn from a car tyre. Others work in pairs, collecting 6 small bunches each, combining them into a bundle between their legs and then tying them. Some collect into bundles to feed those who are better ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe September 7th 2014

Sunday 9am Eating breakfast at Mubaya Camp in the sun with 6 other Aidcampers. The journey from the UK on Friday at 8pm to Lilongwe at 11am Saturday can be sumnarised thus: Hours travelled 10 hours Films watched 2 (Veronica Mars - Yes, me too. Noah - Mel Gibson hero, Ray Winstone villain: war, water, Emma Watson's angst). Hours slept 3 Meals eaten 4 Hours spent hanging around airports 6. But it passed. Met the other six Aidcampers, and four more arrived on Sunday. A couple and two friends. We're a mixed bunch ranging from 25 to 72 years, some who have been on projects before, and some Aidcamp virgins. We're at Mubaya camp for the weekend in chalets and A-frame huts, before going to the project on Monday. We'll go to the supermarket first to ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe August 14th 2014

Geo: -13.9808, 33.7721When we were in Switzerland last summer and thought we might visit some other places in Europe, Venice was one of the places we had considered going to. Once we looked at what it would cost to go, our plans quickly died in place.One night we were having dinner at a friend of Stefan's and the talk turned to venice. Pappa(can't think of the name) said the only way to arrive in Venice is by train. "When you arrive by train and walk outside..............."Well, we did not arrive that way. A little backstory to our arrival. We spent two nights at Mabuya Camp in Zambia before we flew to Venice. We had some hassles at the Lilongwe Airport. We were going to be flying with Easy Jet, an inexpensive flight but you are limited ... read more
Out of Africa
Out of Africa
Out of Africa

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe July 14th 2014

Geo: -13.9808, 33.7721Up and decided to do a little shopping before heading to Wildlife Camp. We wanted to find a "nightjar" for Laura so no walks with the elephants like last year! Zoe told us to go across the bridge and visit the stores there so find the little plastic buckets with lids so off we went.A maze of people coming and going on the bridge, people washing clothes and themselves in the river, lots of things for sale on the bridge as well. Found a store selling what we needed but they were closed and just unloading wares for the next day. They were willing to sell us the bucket because we could give exact change.Went to an electronics store and found most of what we needed to make ourselves an extension cord to run ... read more
Old Town Lilongwe
Old Town Lilongwe

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe July 2nd 2014

Geo: -13.9808, 33.7721Camp Maclear is a World Heritage site located on Lake Malawi. The local name for this location is Chembe and the place we are staying is Chembe Eagle's Nest. In l980, the Lake Malawi National Park was created which was the first freshwater national park in the world. In l984, the area was designated a World Heritage site.The soil evidently is poor for farming and fishing and tourism seem to be the main industry in the village. Our view is quite nice. We have a rock outcropping in front of us and we can watch the fishing boats going back and forth from the village. The fishermen use both the dugout and the motorboat. Chembe Eagle's Nest also does the billing process where you pay at the end of your stay. Since we are ... read more
Cape Maclear World Heritage Site, Malawi
Cape Maclear World Heritage Site, Malawi
Cape Maclear World Heritage Site, Malawi

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe April 2nd 2014

Entering Zambia Once the immigration formalities were completed, it was clearly visible on entry into Zambia that it was more developed than Malawi. I came to the conclusion of this in a matter of minutes. As we passed through the Eastern Province of Zambia, which is the most deprived region of this country - we saw signs, good roads and decent sound infrastructure - all of the school children we saw had identical uniforms too. This certainly isn't the case in Malawi. On arrival into Chipata, the town boasted various supermarket chains and banks, plus many other amenities. For a small town, it was quite developed, perhaps not surprising though given it's isolation from the rest of Zambia. One other noticeable difference was the number of cars on the road, in Malawi you got used to ... read more

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