Lake Malawi - Chitimba & Kande, Livingstonia Beach

Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
Trip End Nov 06, 2008

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Monday, September 15, 2008

The next couple of days were driving through Tanzania across the Malawi border.  We stayed in Boabab valley - the trees look like they've been turned upside down, with their roots in the air.  Anyone that knows or remembers the faraway tree, that's what it reminded us of.  Once we were into Malawi it was quite chilled, the scenery was greener and immediately we noticed that villages had water pumps, the first we'd seen on the trip so far.  We had a fancy dress party planned for our second night by Lake Malawi so we stopped at a couple of markets to get our costumes.  We had to buy for someone else and I was buying for Petra.  The theme was pink and leopard print so you can imagine how hideous the costumes were, but we found it all in these markets.  I went shopping with Gemma and Stacey and they seemed to be able pick out leopard print from 100 metres away - I was struggling.  That night before dinner we passed out our costumes and I got a lovely pink taffeta skirt thing and a leopard print strapless top - I looked like a mix between scary and posh spice.  I was definitely the classiest person there though.  A couple of the guys were in dresses and one was in a womens swimming costume... We had a second wedding ceremony for Mair and Adam who got married a month previous but with all the travelling had nearly forgotten the actual wedding.  Adam was wearing an all in one baby gro thing - I think it was meant as lingerie. It was a good giggle.

The next day was pretty manic for me - I went scuba diving first.  It was so weird - the fresh water made buoyancy really hard, everytime you breathed you moved up and down a lot faster than in salt water.  There was no reefs just a sand bed where these cichlid fish make craters on the floor for their nests - it felt like i was diving on the moon.  I went straight from there to the horseriding.  Unfortunately I didn't have time to change, so ended up wearing my trainers, knee high chaps, mens shorts (I had to borrow them from the stable owner) and my bikini covered with a summer dress.  We went on a two hour hack during which time me and Blackie, my horse bonded - he didn't seem to like the other horses much so I befriended him.  He was an ex racehorse so I had great fun when we cantered.  We finally ended up at the lake, walked along the sand then jumped up bareback to go into the lake.  It was an early night after all that exercise and we were off to Zambia the next day!
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