Masuka Bwenji!!

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Masuka Bwenji!!

Greetings from Malawi. Weve been here almost two weeks now and have been thoroughly spoilt by Angela (Emilys good friend from Uni) and her boyfriend Yaseen (who is a legend) who live in Blantyre, before heading off on our own adventures. Anyway, we promised short and sweet so here are this weeks thoughts:

-Terminal 5 didnt let us down and we arrived in Malawi on time with our bags

-Immigration in sleepy African countries is a lot more relaxed (and slower) than the UK

-We had lunch with giraffes and zebras at Nyala National Park among the sugar plantations in the south and then drifted among the hippos in Liwonde National Park. If medicine doesnt work out for Ange then shed excel as a safari tour guide!

-500ml bottles of beer cost about 30p, which is generally cheaper than a bottle of water

-Early sunrise and early (and very quick) sunset mean Malawi midnight is officially 10pm.

-We are still amazed at how much women can carry at any given time. Child on back and box on head as well as bags in hands. Amazing.

-There really is a place called Zomba (if youve read the book Two Caravans youll know what we mean) and its beautiful

-We spent two nights on Mumbo Island an island in Lake Malawi where you sleep in safari tents and that has no electricity or running water but has provided the best hot shower so far. And it came from a bucket with a tap. If you ever come to Malawi, Mumbo Island is an absolute must.

-The two night Ilala ferry up the lake from Monkey Bay to Nkhata Bay via Mozambique shores is a great experience which we shared with a few travellers, many more locals and a few thousand day old chicks. Although judging by the size of the waves and the quality of the beef stew on Friday night Im not sure it is one well be repeating!

Were now at Nkhata Bay, a vibrant village on the edge of the lake, which Ems mum and dad were also visiting about 40 years ago.

Entertaining story of the trip so far was when Angelas brother and his girlfriend came out and texted to say that their connecting flight from Lusaka to Malawi was delayed. Yaseen called the airport to find out what time the flight as due to arrive with a conversation along the following lines:

Yaseen: Hi, Im just calling to find out what time the flight from Lusaka is due to arrive as I believe it has been delayed.

Airport Information: Sir, the flight is on time and will arrive as expected.

Yaseen: Really? A friend is due to be on the flight and has contacted us to say it has been delayed.

Airport Information: Really sir? We didnt know that, Do you know what time it is due to arrive here?


Anyway, hope youre all well. Apologies for lack of personal e-mail, but this is the first chance weve had to get online. Well be in touch again soon.

Lots of love,

Emily and Kamal x
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