Kisolonza Farm

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
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Trip End Sep 04, 2007


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Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa. We spent 3 days relaxing on the shores of the lake. This country has the friendliest people in Africa. Malawi during the colonial times was known as Nyasaland. In 1966 the country became a repunlic and Dr. Hastings Banda the president. He soon pronounced himself as the president for life; banning foreign press and waging vendettas against any group he regarded as a threat and gained total economic control. He slowly destroyed the country and in 1994 Malawi had its first multi party election which was won by Bakili Muluzi, who quickly abolished such laws and gave back freedom of speech and free schooling to primary schooling children. During our stay in Malawi, we were able to visit a village just outside our campsite (Kande Beach). The village was beautiful and the people were very friendly.

I guess I got my wish afterall, and a few of us whom have been frustrated for so long for not being to interact with anyone, took this opportunity and went for it! As soon as you leave the gates of the campsite, you are picked up by the locals where they will tell you about themselves and their lives, but really what they are trying to do is to get you to go and buy something from them! but I guess this is all part of the game! You just have to be sensible enough and play along with it. We were taken to a local school and a local hospital. They told us about Malaria being the major killer in Malawi and yet they were not letting out too much on Aids, it felt like we were not suppose to talk about that. At the school we went to, the classroom looked suspiciously clean and new and quite nice actually. We later found out, that the school get a lot of donations from tourists like ourselves, on their day visit. We were also able to visit the houses and take many photos of the people, which was quite nice. Overall the day we spent at the village was great, but I couldn't help thinking it was a little bit fixed! :(
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mike
mike on

He!
Hi Sami,

I was about to write that you've been very quiet for
a while, then noticed that there *are* new entries. Guess that I'm not getting notification messages somehow. On the other I was relieved that you'd
stopped spending all of your time in internet cafes
rather than outside :)

You certainly seem to be enjoying yourself and I'm very impressed by all the little facts you have collected on the places you've visited. Either you carrying around a really extensive (and heavy) guide book or you chatting the heads off of the locals -- probably the latter!

Today at home with a cold, trying to do some work
though. Friday we're flying to Spain for Conchi's
wedding on Saturday!

Weird summer here. July was scorching hot, while August, usually the nicest month, feels like autumn. A bit depressing actually.

Kisses,

Mike

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