African supermarkets rock - Embassys suck!

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

We were awoken at 5.30am by one of the revellers from the previous night vomiting into a bush. Concurrent to this, James and Donna were trying to extract an ant superhighway from their tent.

We packed away our tent in anticipation for our departure later this morning and discovered the source of the night-time scratching sound - a large, hairy, fanged, pitch black spider which had been lurking under the tent! Paula shrieked and tried to clear the tent of the 8 legged monster whilst Donna tried to beat it with a stick. Vikki didn't believe the spider was big. Paula wanted to go home.

After brekky we sat by the pool waiting to hear about the fate of our passports, which are currently traversing between the Mozambique Embassy and Lilongwe Hospital where the official responsible for signing them off is recovering from some ailment. Unable to travel to Mozambique this morning as planned without said travel documents we had to borrow some money - having spent all our Kwacha flippantly the previous night. We passed the time considering the activities to do at Vic Falls and caught up with general gossip.

Alun returned to announce we would be staying until Monday as the Embassy wouldn't release our passports over the weekend - so everyone walked into town to buy booze! On the way back we encountered a woman with several kids begging in the street, we were wary because she had hassled Tom and Sarah in front of us and thrown rocks at some other Mzungus! As we approached we both tried to avoid eye contact - this obviously antagonised her as she screeched a tirade of abuse at us and topped it off with a hefty slap to Vikki's right arse cheek! Whilst the rump was still wobbling and before Vikki's displeasure had fully registered the woman disappeared into the shadows but her actions were the cause of great shock and amusement to the locals walking up the street behind us. To the woman's credit it was a very satisfying slap - it made a really good noise and deep down Vikki quite enjoyed it! 

We came back, had dinner and 'got on it' pretty much accepting that these things happen! Games at the bar, shots, general rowdiness and a bit of a love quadrangle with some members of our group kept us amused for hours. Vikki was particularly thrilled when a gecko scaled the wall and clamped its jaws around a moth right next to her head - a little reminder of the circle of life that she could well do without!

We crawled to bed just after 2am hoping that the ant spray had worked and there were no more fanged creatures waiting to pounce...
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annewardell on

OOOooohhhhh, horrid spider!!! Sounds like you were very brave though, Paula xxxx PS: tell the man who's got your passports that you will set your Mum onto him if he doesn't give them back soon :-)

Sue on

He's probably not ill at all, just taking longer to scan/photocopy the passports than he thought!

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