Posted by: Larzizou | December 29, 2007

Nkatha Bay, Malawi

Don’t use the (paying) Tanzanian/Malawian border bathroom !

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Finally there.

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To shop for a disguised party, we briefly stop at a local open-air market. ..

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…and at curved wood souvenirs shops. The package I shipped still has not arrived two months afterwards.

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The village we stay at is Nkatha Bay. It surrounds a tiny portion of Lake Malawi, which accounts for most part of the country’s surface.

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We sleep at the Mayoka Village Camp for four nights. Well deserved rest after having spent 10 hours a day on the road. It’s gorgeous .

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Almost all of us have upgraded to bungalows. Indeed, only Nic and Leeann haven’t and stay in their tent (seen below). They’ll regret it: a Smarties candy box left in their tent during the night will create a scary invasion of thousands of ants. So much for ¨being hardcore all the way through” (which is not even the case – Nic will give in Zimbabwe). Bungalows look like this.

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Or like this.

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And from inside, like this.

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From the balcony, the view is truly magnificent, and the upgrade only costs 5 USD a person per night.

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From the bar, it is not too shabby either.

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While Harry trains at the pool…

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…Pippa and Grant enjoy a drink below their homeland flag. In case you are wondering, which you probably are, it is Wales’ flag.

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Day 2, we decide to venture into the village, not Mayoka, but Nkatha Bay.

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Animals…

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…and people greet us alike.

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We meet local kids…

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…and others. On the right, it’s Hungritch (she isn’t a local kid).

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And we meet Happy Coconut, with whom we are hanging out for three days. Laidback and cheerful (and US Hip Hop lover), he is one of the friendliest people we meet here (and most of them are extremely friendly). Unlike most others however, he does not ask for anything (that we buy some art from him, etc). Our outfit colors almost match perfectly. His friends nicknamed him that way because he used to live down a coconut tree and…he´s always happy!

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Some visit a local school.

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At night, entertainment. Children from the local church come to sing and raise funds.

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Bow, before thee Lord.

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Too early, we already have to leave…but can we? No, the bridge we must borrow to get back to the road will not sustain our truck’s weight.

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So we have to wait. Our presence either cheers children around…

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…bothers them…

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…or is completely indifferent to them.

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Workers are called in a hurry to fix the bridge for us. They wear white uniforms because… they are Prisoners. Hence the presence of the army guy.

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Not confident or traumatized by the accident, everybody but two of us decide to walk on the bridge…

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…while we bravely stay in the truck. We survived. Nobody acclaims us though.
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With hindsight, I find it particularly distatesful that people photographed the truck with us aboard not to miss the potential collapse of the bridge.

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To be continued…

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