As a kid I often dreamed of going on safari, seeing the ‘big five’, and experiencing a land so drastically different from my own. For a very long time, Africa has been high atop my long (and growing) list of places I’d like to visit; however, it always seemed like a longshot that I’d ever make it. That’s why, when a friend, Tom Pickering, told me he would be serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi for two years I jumped at the chance to visit. So Constance and I are here now, to see some of the landscapes, people, and wildlife of southern Africa. Since internet access is so spotty, the blog posts will be added several at a time, but I will try to limit individual posts to the events of a single day, to make it easier to follow. I hope that you will enjoy following us on our first African adventure! --- Quand j’étais petit, je rêvais de faire un safari, de voir les grands mammifères terrestres et de découvrir un monde drastiquement différent du mien. L’Afrique a longtemps occupée une des premières positions de ma longue (et toujours grandissante) liste de région du monde que je voudrais visiter, sans vraiment croire que j’aurais véritablement l’occasion d’y aller un jour. C’est pourquoi quand un de mes amis, Tom Pickering, m’a appris qu’il partait pour deux ans au Malawi pour faire du bénévolat pour le Peace Corps, j’ai sauté sur l’occasion. C’est ici, au Malawi, que Constance et moi nous trouvons présentement afin de découvrir les paysages, les gens et la faune du sud de l’Afrique. Étantdonné que j’ai accèsà internet de manière très sporadique, plusieurs entrées de blogs seront ajoutées en même temps. Je vais tout de même faire un effort pour raconter les anecdotes dans un ordre chronologique pour faciliter la lecture. J’espère que vous aimerez suivre les péripéties de notre première aventure africaine!

Arrival, Lake Malawi

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Today we left Collin’s village early, destination Mzuzu, in the north. We hitched to a crossroads, then boarded a [crowded] minibus, followed by an equally crowded, if larger, regular bus. We originally planned to spend a night or two in Mzuzu, the largest city in the north of Malawi, but when we arrived, we took one look at the chaos in the bus terminal and decided we should try to get to our final destination – relaxed Nkhata Bay, on the shores of Lake Malawi – as soon as possible. So we hopped on our third [crowded] bus of the day and left for the lake. We arrived in Nkata Bay and made our way to our hotel just in time for sunset. The hotel is absolutely amazing, yet surprisingly affordable (this is Malawi), composed of a rambling spread of reed and mud huts built on a lakeside slope, right down to the rocky lake edge. Beautiful!

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