Wanted: "A Friend"
Trip Start Jan 13, 2009
11Trip End Mar 20, 2009
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Where I stayed
home of Wordsworth and Roslyn Rashid
On Sunday I went "house hunting" with the family in search of a new home to rent. Last week one room in the four-room house collapsed during the heavy rains. They remain upbeat, but we didn't find any rentals in their price range. James was telling me about the real estate prices in this area. Prices are high so nearly everyone rents.
"It's about $15,000 US dollars to buy a house [in this neighborhood]. Is it that expensive to buy a house in the USA?" he asked. (Well even in the housing slump, luckily our home values haven't plummeted to peanuts.)
"No," I replied. "It's quite a bit more than that."
While our peanut shacks would be glamorous for the Malawian family, our wages are much higher so that we can afford the $150,000+ homes. To the Luwanja family, such living is only seen on the nationally broadcasted Chinese soap operas.
Today I dropped by to see Loveness after my appointments this afternoon. Oui. She was in a very bad state--resting on the floor with Harris and obviously bed ridden. Last night she was feeling faintly and this morning came down with Malaria. She has been doing too much walking searching for a house. Please be thinking of her.
If you would like to befriend Loveness, please send me a message so I can introduce you. No, unfortunately she's not on Facebook or Linked In so we're going to have to do this the old fashioned way.