Day 3 - A lecture for the porter and guide

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Friday, April 7, 2006

Woke up to see the first of the suns rays hitting Chambe Peak.

After sharing Weetabix and Milo with the Belgium's - new experiences for them all, we headed out. Nice views of the plains and surrounding mountains on the steep path down.

I don't think I mentioned but this mountain is often called the island in the sky as the lower part is often covered in clouds, whereas the top is often sticking out of the clouds. It was much like this by the time we got down to the bottom today.

I'd decided not to give any tips at all to my guide or porter, but in the end I felt guilty and gave them something. I told Beste he would have gotten more if he had the good sense to read a field guide and learn about some of the plants for future trips. I told Jeffrey to be on time in future. These guides really do pretty well when they do this work, earning $10 per day compared to the country average of less than $1 per day.

Back to Blantyre and we managed to pick up bananas, donuts, roast corn and sugar cane along the way.

Back in Doogles and it seemed like paradise. A pool, laundry, Carlsberg Special Brew and gin and tonics.

Later we all went for what was a very tasty Chinese meal. Interesting though, the restaurant was owned by an Indian gentleman and some of the dishes contained paneer! Chinese was Rolland's idea and he told us when we were there that this was his first ever Chinese meal. Fancy picking Malawi to try your first Chinese!

A few more G+Ts and then back to Doogles to finish the night with yet more G+T. I think I've found my drink for Africa. Purely medicinal of course at the quinine in the tonic is good for malaria.

Eva is a loud and raucous girl, but she had me in tears of laughter that evening on more than one occasion. She really was a very funny girl.
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