I’ve been back for almost a week and have been enjoying all the luxuries of home. We (I) promise to get some actual house posts up very soon and the second post about Dedza, but in the mean time I wanted to share my 10 favorite pictures/moment from Malawi. Enjoy!
1. Adopt Me
This is Mr. Banda. We met in a shipping container (yes, inside) at the Malawi-Zambia boarder. I was waiting for customs to clear some backpacks and he was waiting out the downpour outside. It’s not everyday you meet a foreigner hanging out in your favorite shipping container, so of course he had questions. Before I could answer any of them he proclaimed, “My surname is Banda, just like Madonna’s Malawian son. You should adopt me.” Um, I passed. I did offer to take his picture and he seemed delighted with the compromise.
2. A Haircut fit for a King….or Politian
Next to the school was a little straw building with lots of posters of men on the wall. I asked one of the kids what this building was and he told me it was a barber shop. Apparently the popular thing to do is get your hair cut like our local MP or the President of Malawi. Interesting. On a side note, there was no wait to get a trim.
I realize this isn’t the best picture, but the gesture it captures was very touching. This little boy ran up to us with a bucket of potatoes he wanted to gift to us for helping his village. We insisted on paying him. We couldn’t take his livelihood for the day. He was really sweet.
4. Did You Check That Pile Over There?
I was trying to be sneaky when I took this picture. This is the filing system for one of the largest customs clearing houses in Malawi. I spent 45 minutes waiting for the clerk to locate our paperwork. Pretty amazing right?
5. Shopping Spree
I spent a week and half trying to locate and purchase all this stuff. This is only about half of it. Each field team gets a pile of supplies. The hardest thing to find? The beverage pitchers at the bottom. They aren’t for serving drinks, they are for storing drying racks with blood spot samples. We couldn’t find anything that would hold the racks upright and on the final day of hunting, we stumbled upon pitchers. Success!!
6. Livingstonia Beach
There’s not much to say about this picture. It was a lovely break from all the madness.
7. Get Better Soon
This little guy tested positive for Malaria. Makamo (the guy in the blue hat) is telling him he has to be a good boy and take all of the medicines his mother gives him. I hope he gets better soon.
8. So Lush and So Green
Malawi is beautiful. I didn’t expect all the green and I will miss it. I spent a lot of time in cars enjoying views like this.
9. School Minus Shoes
These girls came to school even though they didn’t have shoes, teachers or books. A lesson to us all.
10. Malawian Wisdom
I didn’t crop this picture because I wanted you to see that this is a general information board. I found it in the waiting room at a district health office. I really like the “Friendly Advice.” I’d like to see a Baboon dressed as a judge.
Despite the long hours and really hard work, I really enjoyed Malawi and hope i get to go back soon. I met some really great people and saw some beautiful things.