Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
149Trip End Dec 24, 2008
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Annoyingly Kat is short by one or two blank pages in her passport to pass through the rest of Africa and so the next morning we visit the British embassy, again, to hand over 130 pounds in Kwacha, 2 passport photos and her application form to apply for a passport renewal. We have both had our passport renewed now, which is a wee pain in budget-side.
We spend the weekend relaxing in the hostel compound, with a swimming pool, a cheap restaurant, a bar that resembles a living room, a good book swap and loads of travelers hanging around, its very easy to pass some time and six days fly by.
A few ex-pats wander in during the evenings and we meet Richard, from Nottingham who has emigrated here and runs his own marketing company. He explained he has a contract with Zain, Malawi's largest mobile phone company. Zain's colour is pink and Richard plus team drive around Malawi offering business's the opportunity to to have their shop front painted pink and their shop sign professionally stenciled back in, along with the Zain logo.
Richard explained Zain want to paint the whole street pink, every town pink all over Malawi. Isn't it just Zain taking advantage of poor shop owners exploiting their poverty to market their company. No need for expensive billboards for 1 month when you can have shop fronts for ten years. If coca-cola turned up and distributed 12 million free t-shirts, 1 free to every Malawian then I'm sure 99% of them would wear it, helping the poor or marketing exploitation?
Love Dan & Kat