. Soon after we left the little town we were climbing up, up, up the mountains, getting an amazing view of Lake Malawi. We saw vervet monkeys, and Kioko was holding a banana out the window, so they were chasing after us. We had to drive up a huge escarpment to get out of the "Great Rift Valley". We continued to Mzumzu and got to walk throught the markets with Kioko. We got eggs, carrots, bananas, lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, onions, green beans, peas, and peppers. There were hundreds of stalls selling all sorts of stuff. We got 4 cool wooden spoons for 370 K, 5 bracelets for 1000 K, then stopped at a supermarket where we spent 775 K on snacks and drinks. Victor bought some electric stuff for fixing the fridge and some other goods at the supermarket. We continued towards Kande Beach. Victor borrowed our game to teach Ernie and Marlene how to play. We got to see cassava growing then lots of rubber tree. Boys were selling balls made from the rubber but Victor said we couldn't buy because it was stolen rubber. You strip off the bark and the material drips out. Before the factory people came to harvest, the boys would get there first. We arrived at Kande Beach at 1:15. We gathered our laundry, looked at the cafe, main office, and dive center then ate lunch. I had peanut butter and banana and Miles had bologna with veggies. We washed the dishes then got our swim suits on. The water was shallow for quite a way out. It was very clean and clear. You could see fish around your feet and there were large amounts of mica glistening in the sunlight
. We picked up some cool rocks then dried off. We went on a walk, stopped when we saw a nice little family. We gave them a couple of games and a notebook. The 6 year old had pretty good English considering the mom spoke no English. Our walk was about 25 minutes in each direction. Many kids ran up to us saying, "Give us money". Other kids just wanted us to take their picture and show it to them. Then they would point and laugh histerically. We saw some hand made toys today just like ones that we had seen on "The Amazing Race". We got back to the camp, which has a gate to keep the locals out and we used the internet. It was so slow to connect. It was 50 kwacha for 4 minutes of time. We went to the bar where rugby was on TV and several were watching. It was nice to hear the sound of the waves in the background. These waves are bigger than the Great Lakes. It is the 8th largest lake in the world. Miles says he thinks that the great lakes have bigger waves depending on the weather. Dinner wasn't until 7:00 so we had plenty of time to hang out. We played ping pong, and Miles won 21-15. The thought that I should write that he won 21-3, but that is so crazy no one would ever believe that. There are some good sized geckos and crickets around here !
Dinner was very nice. It was vegetable soup, mashed potatoes, steak, broccoli and carrots and we split a Coke. We did the dishes, played ERS, Golf, Chips and Yatzee until 10:00. Eurocup soccer was on TV, we met some new divers, and the Dragoman bus had their fancy dress exchange and wore those clothes all evening. Funny stuff.
Budget $60 Souvenirs- $22 Laundry $10 1 USD=250 MK
Spent $39 Food- 925 MK Internet 1100 MK
Another group was leaving at 5:00am, so I guess sleeping in was not an option. I did lay around until almost 6:00, then we walked down to the beach to see the sunrise. We got to the water and saw fishermen out in their little canoe shaped boats. I was way too cloudy to see the sunrise. We took down the tent, I showered, and breakfast actually started early. We got the dishes done and had time to go out to the wood carvers who were all eagerly awaiting our arrival. Miles saw a decorative wooden knife and got it for $12. We picked up Bev's keychain that said Bevy and had a rhino. Then one boy asked for a trade of school supplies. I ran back and got notebooks, pencils, and a soccerball. He did not want to make a deal but I said that he could have the school supplies. Later he ran back, wanting the ball and said that he would give us the hand carved game for $5. We left early and as we pulled out, I threw that same kid a football. I hope that he shared with the appropriate people and that no one beat him up to take his stuff