Awesome Fiesta Mates...

Trip Start May 31, 2007
Trip End May 20, 2008

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Just arrived at Kande Beach on Lake Malawi, one of the largest lakes in the world and did a major splurge (12 USD) and upgraded to a lake front cabin with my roomie Fotoula for the two nights that we are here!  As our tour leader would say "Awesome Fiesta, mates, you have taken it to the next level!"   We have one guide from Namibia (quoted) on our tour and our driver is from South Africa...two guides seems to be pretty standard for the Africa "Overland Experience".  For those of you not yet acquainted with this concept it means roughly:  large truck with seats, lockers, a freezer and a cord for your IPOD so you can listen to music on the roughly 200 to 650 km drives you do EACH day.  Yes, the sights, sounds, and people of Africa can usually be glimpsed at high speeds over the ever improving roads (since leaving Uganda and Kenya!).  Each night is spent in a campsite with the usual requisites:  bar, facilities (long don't really want to know or flush if you are lucky) maybe a warm shower and a place to pitch your tent.  If you are lucky you get Internet, a pool and the best of the best:  used condom wrappers and cigarette butts all around your stairs to your beach side upgrade in Dar es Salaam...  We were styled out in 4 wheel drive land rovers for the Serengeti/Ngorongoro safari and 2 wheel drive vans for the Masai Mara which was quite unexpected and as they say here quite "posh".   Yes, I do now say chips, jandals, knickers...and a few other words that one year ago either didn't exist in my vocabulary or certainly not within their current context...

All this aside, this introduction to East and Southern Africa has been amazing.  Seeing young kids with huge smiles, screaming and laughing and running next to our truck waving...the faces of both the young and the old that light up in smiles when you exchange waves.  The polite greetings of hello and always, how are you though, they really did want to know how I was doing...touch my heart and my soul as I am again reminded that we really are all one.
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