Bye to Malawi...
Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
55Trip End Jul 22, 2008
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I have been here a month already and just got the idea to do a travel blog (actually taken me more like 4 yrs of traveling but better late than never eh) so i have a lot to inform you aboot (i know it's really about) but will be forced to pick the essentials as i feel fit. I have been volunteering here rather than purely traveling which was a new challenget for me. I was in Monkey Bay, south Malawi, close to many wee villages and not many amenities which i enjoyed. Our mansion in African standards was on Lake Malawi. I soon learned the task of feeling useful would be easier said than done
The poverty was like nothing i have seen and found it difficult to get my head around.. kids walked barefoot and people barely had the necessities of life (complete opposite to our western lifestyle where we live well beyond our means). Certainly didn't stop everyone from being so friendly and smiling so brightly... amazing!! I managed to take a few weekend trips to a National park and Zomba Plateau. Spotted many hippos, few crocs, plethora of various species pf monkeys (some that raided our food while camping), one warthog, some bushbuck and waterbuck, some impalas (those latter three are kinds of deers as i didn't know) many birds and a partidge in a pear tree
I could go on and on about Malawi but unfortunately a month is too much to write in detail so that will have to do for now. As of yesterday i was dropped back in the capital leaving the volunteer organization... I was on my own traveling again, backpacking some might say...I am taking a bus tonight from Lilongwe to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania...and 27hrs later i will get there (if the dodgy looking bus doesn't break down). I am slowly getting mentallly and emotionally prepared for the bus ride...It will definitely be an experience, an African experience i reckon. I'm hoping there will be at least one other Muzungu (means white person in Chichewa, the local language, as i've been called many times by the locals, endearingly i'm sure) on the fully booked bus. Please wish me good luck. It's not all so bad... on my arrival in Tanzania, i look forward to booking a safari and hanging out with some lions and elephants (don't worry mom)...until then....