Kande Beach, Malawi
Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
36Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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Kande Beach Resort
After warming up for a few minutes we went down to the beach and played 4 on 4 beach volleyball. Then we were wondering when our laundry would be done. Luckily we went over and asked. The people who do your laundry just sit there waiting until you go to pick it up. We had already paid $10 and I gave the lady a tip of 210 Kwacha, a shirt from San Francisco, and some fruit/nut snacks from Spanish Club. Victor has been asking me to play basketball against him, so finally at dusk we played one on one and he won 7-5. I am sure he will remind me of this later. Dinner was really good rice, barbeque chicken, green beans, carrots, and spinach. Everything was really good except the spinach. I really don't think it is spinach even though that is what they are calling it. I think it is a local green.
We used the internet for 450 Kwacha. I bet that the lady I gave the laundry tip could have really used the money, instead of me using it for the internet. Marlene and Ernie came into the internet area, and we talked to a guy about Victoria Falls then looked up Harare and the things to do there. Then we looked up driving directions and realized that what Victor proposed was not even possible. After dinner we had our group meeting and we talked a little about the history of Malawi. It has really only been around since the late 1800's when Livingstone came, but wasn't independent or called Malawi until the 1960's. The Dr. who became the leader in 1958 served one year before being put in prison for a year. When he got out of jail be started a new political party. Then they also had a president who declared himself "President for Life". The constitution was changed and they have had about 4 presidents since then. The country had the lake as 1/5 of its area. Some consider Malawi to be overpopulated with 13.9 million people. ( I see plenty of open spaces so I don't think it is overpopulated) They rely heavily on the fishing. They have no minerals to export. Tobacco used to be 70% of the GDP for the country but now tobacco is on the decline so they are trying to figure out alternatives. One of the possibilities is a spice called Indian Hemp. They think it would grow well but there is a problem in taht it looks just like "Malawi gold" which is cannibus. The fear is that more people would start growing the drug, but telling the officials that it is the spice. They are still working on a solution to that problem. In March or April of 2012, the President died. Some people were happy and think that the country is much better off, but it has still caused some issues. Gas is very hard to come by (this is why we filled up, and even filled jugs before entering the country). There was also a cheese and butter shortage at the supermarket. The new leader who was the vice president is a woman. She will run the country until 2014 when the next election will be held.
Shortly after this meeting and history lesson we went to bed because we had to be ready for a 5:30 breakfast the next morning.
Budget $200 Food 150 MK Fees- 210 MK laundry tip, 450 MK internet
Spent $108.25 Activity- $105 for diving and canoeing