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African mechanics

Taking apart every single part of my wheel, dropping them in the sand, and then trying to put them back together again with no recollection on how they were connected. That's the technique of African bicycle mechanics. It's no wonder why all the Africans always stand with their bikes broken on the roadsides all the time, they never get fixed properly.
From the floor of a RETSULAUNT in Karonga

November 15th 2007
Narrow strips of sunlight broke through the badly constructed walls of the shack - which according to its’ sign - claimed to be a RETSULAUNT. The floor consisted of evened out cow-dung, a greyish-brown sense of cool, on which I lay flat on my back, trying to soak up as much coolness as possible. Outside the day was sweltering and languid. The men of Karonga sat chattering on rickety benches in ... read more
Africa » Malawi » Northern » Karonga

Malawian Flag Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional... ... read more
10th May 2012

Gotta admire the curiosity. Sorry 'bout your bike that time, mate. The old guy's got such long fingers!

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