BC: MALAWI | April 12 - 22, 2012
1: And so forth... | april 12, 2012 15 hours flying. 33 hours total GOI - BOM - ADD - FBM - LLW 12 hour layover FINALLY Arrived LILONGWE MALAWI
2: On our way to Africa.. Leaving Goa was ridiculous. I forgot our necessary flight papers to enter the Goa airport, we had a terrifying drive to the airport, and we almost missed flight out of Goa. We got to Mumbai, and while Budd went to print out other flight details, I meet a girl Laura from UK. Her and her boyfriend Johnny had a 13 hour wait at airport so we kept each other company. Our 12 hours in the little airport holding room did not feel like 12 hours Checking in for our flight to Lilongwe, the Ethiopian air stewardess didn't believe that we didn't need a visa to get to Malawi. We stood there for 10 minutes while she asked everyone and discovered that we did NOT need a visa. At last we got to go down to the basement of the airport where there was food and shops... finally we could eat; or so we thought. Pizza hut sold out of pizza (At 3am) so KFC was all there was. We had questionable chicken burgers. We once again met up with Johnny and Laura and visited until it was time to board our plane. We were, at last, getting out of India. We landed in Ethiopia for an hour and half. While there we could only sit in the main seating area - not look at shops or even use the washroom. After what felt like foever, we boarded the plane for Malawi. We ended up sitting beside a nice man on the plane to Congo. He was funny - he said he had a pet elephant and pet lion. When we landed in Lilongwe we were greeted by a nice girl at customs. Got through easy peesy (because my shampoo exploded - they felt sorry for me and didn't check my bags). Dave was there to pick us up at the airport! It was so nice to finally see a familiar face. It was like a weight lifted off our shoulders. We could relax and shower and eat!! We arrived at Chantel's bachelorette party where there was food and people and a bathroom (to wash up)! We visited for a bit, talked of our travels and celebrated Chantel's upcoming wedding. It turned out to be one of her bridesmaid's birthday and the youngsters were going out to celebrate. They invited us along but after the 32 hours of traveling we did, we went to bed at 9! We were soo dead tired!
3: ~$50 = ~8,750 kwatcha
6: April 14. Wedding Day
12: April 15 - After the wedding we made our way south to Mvuu Wilderness Lodge at Liwonde National Park.
14: Kudu | "Losers circle" Impalas | Umbrella thorn
16: Mvuu wilderness airstrip
18: Toad tree | Impalas | Saddlebilled stork
20: Sable antelope
22: Budd and I enjoying our cabin. Budd brought his hammock from home | Candelabra Tree | Sausage tree | This is a the 'wood berry' fruit from the sausage tree. It smells like potato and its not for human consumption. | sjambok pod | python climber
24: This elephant was not too pleased with us being so close so he mock charged. We didn't stick around long to see if he'd come any closer.
25: We all decided that it would be really neat to do a village tour. They set it up at Mvuu camp and David brought us over to a nearby village to show us how the locals live. We got to tour some homes, kitchens, a hospital, a store, and some cotton fields. These kids were great. They would immediately grab on to our hands and walk with us. One little girl hung out with me the whole time I was there. She was super cute. They were mesmerized with Budd's camera. After we sat for a traditional corn dance and a fire dance. | This is the guest quarters where aids and helpers will stay when they visit. They get a traditional home. The first picture is a common area - mostly used as a dining room. The second picture is the home where they stay. Its just a one bedroom-ish type of place. The 3rd picture is the shower. Aids coming in were used to showers so they fashioned a shower head out of a cup. The bottom first is from inside the house. The middle bottom is the toilet (normally there is no toilet paper included) The last is the sink.
26: The 'hospital' Where we are sitting is where the patient usually lies down The Dr laid out a bunch of ailment cures for us. Mostly tree bark. They were cures for all types of things including: Flu, malaria, impotence, diarrhea, constipation, and more.
28: This girl was my buddy all afternoon. She was really interested in my henna.
33: The soccer balls are made of an inflated condom wrapped in garbage bags.
34: 1. Giant centipede that was dead in the pool 2. Relaxing by the pool 3. A cute case for our extra roll of toilet tissue 4. Budd with Chilly - Michelle and Paul's dog. She was such a suck 5. Cute Logan with Dave 6. Pretty sunset outside our Mvuu cabin.
36: April 18. After the safari, we headed back to Malawi with a few stops. We stopped at a town and were finally able to withdraw some money. We checked out a few roadside curio shops and bought some bowls and a painting. They had a bunch of really nice stuff; I wish I had bought more. They were cheap too (cheaper than in Lilongwe). We also stopped in a little town Dedza - its famous for it's pottery shop. There I bought some Malawi coffee. We got back to Lilongwe and went straight to dinner at Gary and Fiona's (John's parents) then later said goodbye to John who was off to work early the next morning. April 19 - Michelle and Paul had a goodbye bbq for the rest of the family who was taking off a day early to go up to Lake Malawi to be closer to John's work. Budd and I ended up having 2 nights by ourselves. The last night we were there John’s sister, Sam, told us we were playing a game called '30 seconds'. Its a South African board game much like the game 'pyramid' where you have clues and you have to guess what it is. It was so much fun. We played 2 games and Budd and I won the second. Pretty good for foreigners. April 22 - Sam drove us the next day to the airport where we had a couple hours to hang out in the boring airport. On the way to the airport she showed us where Madonna was supposed to build a school for girls, but after adopting her second child from Malawi, she ditched the idea.