Goodbye Malawi, Hello Zambia.
Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
13Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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Welcome to our new blog - there were technical hitches with the old one so here's our home for the next year...
We continue to be amazed at what you can carry on a bike and on your head. Will see how it compares to what you can carry on a scooter in Asia.
It took Emily over a week to feel like she was walking on dry land after the ferry up lake Malawi - obviously not the sailor she thought she was.
Nkhata Bay is like a little bit of the Caribbean in Malawi - so more kayaking (we're improving), rock jumping and general lazing around with a cold beer. Kamal did try and help the local community-run internet café but it seems he was overqualified to connect a printer to some laptops.
We had our first encounter with unidentifiable animal at a meal with a lovely family who live in the hills above the bay. For once in her life Emily claimed to be a vegetarian however said meat was actually chicken and our guide was happy to take our pieces and ate bones and all. Quite a crunch!
For those of you in the know we didn't find any nuns in Mzuzu in order to repay Emily's parents debt but met a few people who were around in '69 and it was great to see where they worked.
Tobacco is Malawi's biggest export and on a relatively small auction floor nearly 4000 bales were neatly lined up, sold (at around $200 each) and ready to go off for processing. Expecting the hall to smell like a pre-smoking ban English pub we were surprised that it actually smellt quite nice...
Another Air Malawi story: We were the first people to arrive at Lilongwe airport at 5am only to realise that the we had the wrong ticket and were in fact in the wrong city. And the man who sold the tickets was in a car that had broken down. But for once we were able to celebrate Air Malawi's incompetence as the flight had actually changed routes and time so instead of a 7am flight to Lusaka via Blantyre it was now an 8am direct flight to Lusaka and we got our tickets with half an hour to spare. Lesson learned - always check your tickets when you buy them - but thanks Air Malawi, we applaud your ineptitude!
Goodbye Malawi, Hello Zambia. Lusaka is so much more developed than most of Malawi, but apparently this has only happened in the last seven years. There are tarmac roads, pavements, huge American-style shopping centres and cinemas but because it was Sunday nothing was open - good to see one thing that the west hasn't changed yet. In saying that though the 60km stretch of road that leads into Livingstone (and the country's biggest attraction, Victoria Falls) is riddled with pot holes and our bus spent as much time half off the road as it did on it in order to avoid them. We hope that some of our $150 visa goes towards fixing it!
Next time animals, camping and sand dunes among other things...
Em and Kamal xx