Well two months has passed quite quickly, and Paul and I are getting ready to make the long trip back home to Canada. It doesn’t seem like we’ve been here as long as we have. Settling in here was actually pretty good but not always easy. I’m not going to lie, there were some challenges. Finding a short term furnished place where we could do our own cooking proved to be quite difficult. It took 4 moves but we finally found a nice house to stay in, within walking distance to work. We actually got to stay there for about 5 weeks which really helped keep our sanity. The idea of living out of a suitcase at a hotel for that length of time was not appealing in the least.
Looking back, Paul and I have come up with our “Top 10 List” of things we will miss about Malawi.
10. Kuche Kuche, the local beer (that is Paul’s pick as you’ve probably figured out)
9. Malawi gin (both our pick…. not as good as Bombay Sapphire but pretty good and extremely cheap).
8. Hearing the coo of the dove outside our bedroom window every morning. That was our gentle reminder it was time to get up.
7. Lazy Sundays, going for long walks, and all the unusual things we saw along the way, like fruit bats hanging on the wire or monitor lizards suntanning.
6. Fresh tomatoes and huge avocados…. so good, so plentiful and ridiculously inexpensive
5. The best chinese food we’ve ever had at Copper Pot Restaurant, and the best Indian food ever at Bombay Palace
4. Seeing more wildlife than we’ve ever dreamed of seeing , from beautiful giraffes, to lions, to the cutest baby elephant in the world!
3. The beautiful flowers growing wild, including huge poinsettia trees blooming in April.
2. Buying fresh unshelled peanuts from the vendors every day after work
1. But definitely the #1 thing we will miss the most are the people of Malawi. From the children and their beautiful smiles, to the wonderful locals we’ve met on our journey, and mostly to our new friends we’ve made at FINCOOP
Now for the list of things we won’t miss quite as much.
10. Not having a bathtub for the entire time we’ve been here. (that’s my pick)
9. Living in a country where there are no noise by-laws whatsoever. Your neighbour can use an outdoor PA system at full decibel the entire night, playing music and it’s perfectly legal (as long as he has authority)
8. Not being able to go for walks at night because it’s not safe
7. Waking up in the morning and realizing there is no water coming out of the taps
6. Just starting to make dinner and the power is shut off for the night
5. Choking on diesel fumes every day walking to and from work, all the while trying not to get run over.
4. Having to live inside high walled fences, complete with electrified razor-wire
3. Lack of good fresh meat to buy in the stores, especially beef.
2. Being woken up every morning at 4:00 a.m. by the blaring loudspeakers coming from the Islamic mosques, reminding people to get up and pray.
1. THE DUST… everywhere!
We are hoping that this is not our last visit to Malawi or Africa, but if it is, we consider ourselves extremely lucky to have been given this life changing experience.
To our loyal blog followers, we hope you have enjoyed our stories that we have shared with you.
Tionana…. (until next time)
We have definitely “Lived and Learned in Malawi” and will never forget the country or the people.