First Impressions 3/52
Trip Start Dec 22, 2016
22Trip End Dec 21, 2017
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green fields, and green trees, crisscrossed with reddish brown of dirt roads.
Everywhere you look there are dirt roads. From above you can see the landscape dotted with the shimmer of tin rooves; several rivers lazily snake this way and that, but more than anything, it is green. This is our view coming into and out of the Blantyre airport (what looks to be several outbuildings, and just one or two planes waiting at the terminal). Blantyre is one of the largest cities in the country, but I find no evidence of a city, just dirt roads leading to more
Landing in Lilongwe I was ball of nerves. Coming to a new place is very exciting, but also very scary. We had no idea what to expect and my hopes for small city with some conveniences were diminishing quickly.
I judged too soon, and a bit too harshly. Sometimes nerves will do that to you. It’s never fair to judge a place with so little information.
Lilongwe is much smaller than I had hoped, but there are several good grocery stores. I can definitely get most things I’m looking for (though I’m currently lamenting the lack of chocolate chips!); though not all.
Our apartment is very comfortable and lovely.
Coming through town we turn down a tree-lined road (no sidewalks) with a stone fence painted brightly with international flags… this is our road
We’ve hired a driver a couple of days to get around, like hiring a cab elsewhere, but less regulated. He took us to several grocery stores, and was very patient with backtracking, and going between different places.
Joseph Mughogho works for the LifeNet’s internet café and shop, is very reliable, and has been a great help to us in getting settled. He arranged our apartment, furniture, and dishes. Since we arrived he has driven us to get minutes for our cell phones, to stores to get missing items for our apartment, and got our wifi and electricity set up.
We’re headed into the Sabbath, and we look forward meeting all of our brethren.