The Chief..

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Dec 16, 2010

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Monday, May 3, 2010

ok so i'm slowly getting back up to date on these..

Having arrived in Chitimba with the Canadian couple we got settled in to our camp there. Situated right on the beach and lakeside it was bliss after the nightmare journey we had had that day. On the same day the Chief of the village had come down to the camp and we found out later that there was going to be a big ceremony the following day as his status and authority was being increased which was apparently a very big deal. We were therefore pretty happy to be invited along.
When the following morning came we set off with Mdokera (our host at the camp) to the ceremony where he informed us we could take as many pictures as we wanted as the Chief had given his blessing. When we arrived and starting taking pictures of some of the kids and were quickly ushered on and told to get pictures of the adults first it soon became clear we were the official photographers for the day. To be honest I always feel pretty awkward taking snaps of randoms so it was nice to be given free reign and not have to worry about offending anyone and seeing the pics of themselves brought endless amusement to them throughout the day!

Anyway the Chief was finally brought out with his wife and the ceremony begun. After finally having the towel removed that was covering the Chief's head, the serious business of the villagers donating their hard earned cash begun. The whole thing was done in a pretty comical manner and it sounds as though this guy is doing a good job in his role so the money is being well spent but was interesting to see how this made up such a big part of the day.
This was followed by some singing and dancing by the women which was a fitting touch to a very interesting day and an experience I will probably wont find on many other occasions in my life. Even though there were slightly dubious motives for inviting us, we were made to feel extremely welcome and I am very grateful to the people for giving me that opportunity..

The following day I set off to visit Livingstonia which is one of the first places that was visited and developed by missionaries in Malawi. It's about 15km's from where we were staying which meant I was about to embark on a round trip walk of over 30km's, not something I have ever done before. Given that 90% of that was very hilly terrain I was pretty chuffed to make it back in one piece and actually feeling ok!I had taken a guide who I thought was called Dave but actually found out he was Derek on the morning I left. This guy was 61 and we absolutely marched up to Livingstonia with only 3 or 4 short stops so was a bit of a solider!

Once we finally made it there around 4 hours later we spent about an hour walking round to see the old colonial buildings and then set off back down stopping off at the waterfall on the way down (check the vid to see how cool that was..)

On the Wednesday I left Chitimba to make my way to Nkata Bay which is probably the best known spot on the lake for Backpackers. I'd picked up some wierd stomach cramps on the way there which meant the first day at the camp largely consisted of lying down. I did manage to drink it off in the evening and watch Spurs win their way in to the Champions League and the partying for my 5 nights there never really stopped!

All I can say is I had a lot of fun in a very beautiful part of the world and met a real mix of characters! By the time I left early on Monday morning it was definitely time to move on. I'm now finally in Mozambique after many days traveling and think I'm gonna like this country..

Til the next time
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