Chintheche Inn

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Malawi  , Northern Region,
Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chintheche Inn

Taking the advice of many a fellow traveler, our next port of call is Chintheche Inn. In this instance, not a bad idea.  The resort is run by two South Africans from Durban.  This is however not the only reason for staying there.  Chintheche is a wonderful Lodge and has a great campsite.  The staff – including the gardener and general workers, are all friendly and helpful.

Not far from Lilongwe, many expats and diplomats come to enjoy their weekends here. We met a teacher from a private school in Lilongwe here.  This was her first camping experience.  She was well impressed with Lynx and the way South Africans camp. 

It is also the first resort with a TV + DSTV at the camper's disposal.  I was most excited about the prospect of some viewing time, not Carlos.  We did not know what was happening in the world or weather.  Carla mentioned a hurricane and we did not even know about it.

It would however not be me who would enjoy the luxury of television, but Carlos.  The Sharks and the Blue Bulls were playing in a semifinal.  Just before the end of the match the manager came to put up a notice that the TV was booked for later that afternoon for the follow up to the match Carlos had just been watching (not knowing that it was a replay). The Sharks won and Carlos was a very happy chap.  No sport for almost 7 months and now 2 matches on one day! The Sharks and The Stormers  would face each other next.  A great day for Rugby, but a sad day for the Sharks.  All n all, at least a day with a difference.

While the rugby was going on I made friends with a 10 year old on the beach.  Her name is Grace.  She is a very intelligent young lady with a super personality. She told me about her school and family.  Her English is very good.  Grace and her friend were swimming and also had to do the laundry in the Lake.  Her dad, uncle and brother came to say goodbye to us the next morning before leaving.  As a gift they brought 2 paw paws and a couple of mangos. I had give Grace a couple of foodstuffs the day before and this was their way of giving back.  The father and the uncle both are artists. We bought 2 "paintings" from them.

I designed a few teaspoons with the hope that the local craftsman would be able to make it for me.  Agreeing on a price, he promised to deliver the next day.  He did the best he could but it was unfortunately not what I had in mind.  The teaspoons look more like desert spoons and are not finished off well at all.  I took it anyway as he spent the whole night working on it.  I know now not to pay for anything before seeing it.

The other nice thing we did was to have breakfast at the Lodge one of the two mornings.  Having just arrived in Malawi we still did not have the confidence to buy eggs after the Tanzania egg experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the omelets and amazing coffee. As if they could read my mind, there was banana bread too.  Not just any old banana bread, banana bread with nuts and cinnamon!  YUM!!
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