Chipata

Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
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Trip End Jul 10, 2012


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Up at 5:00 am, took down the tent in the dark again.  When we were taking down the tent we saw a very large furry catepillar or centipede.  Marlene had a run in with this thing or one just like it.  She said it was in her tent one night when Ernie was still at the bar, and she was freaking out.  I would guess that is was about a 3 inch long furry being. Breakfast was cereal, toast, eggs, and baked beans.  We ate quickly, pitched in and did the dishes and loaded everthing into the truck and we took off shortly before 6:15 in the morning.  Glad we didn't try to walk all the way to the village.  We saw where it made it to on our walk and we still would have had over half the distance to cover again.  We were driving parallel to Lake Malawi, heading south to Lilongwe so the lake was visible out the window.  We stopped for a bathroom break about three hours from the beach in a place where cotton was growing.  Everyone seemed to pick a piece as a little souvenir.  Kioko was talking to the girl who was picking cotton and putting it into her apron.  We came upon a major intersection, and turned so that we were heading west signifying that we are about 90 km from Lilongwe.  Victor owed us $26 so he wanted to give it all to us in Kwacha.  We took 2500 MK which is about $10 but we did not want to get all of it in a type of money that could not be exchanged. 
     Lilongwe seems very nice with lots of very local shops mixed with chain grocery stores.  We had 3100 Kwacha to use so we went to two supermarkets and got 4 drinks, cheese puffs, lots of "biscuits", 4 things from the bakery, Malawi tea, and Malawi nuts.  We got 2 bags full of stuff, then we continued west towards the Zambia border.  I am sure there are bad parts of town, but Lilongwe seems much nicer than Nairobi.  We weren't far outside Lilongwe when we pulled off the road for lunch.  Lunch meat, cheese, peppers, onions, cucumbers, tomato, carrots, papaya, peanut butter and honey were the choices for lunch.  We operated like a well oiled machine getter everything down in a very timely fashion.  We were back in the road within 40 minutes, heading for Zambia.  We drove through Mchinji which is the town Madonna adopted the little kid from.  We finally got to the border, exited Malawi and got that stamp, then we walked over to the entry for Zambia.  We got the multi-entry for $80 each.  There was some confusion about our visa but I hope it is all worked out. Electricity was working so we weren't at the border for long.  We gave a little boy a pencil, then Marlene and Ernie threw out a pen, then we gave him some cheese crackers.  I think he had a good day!  We continued towards Chipata where we will stay for the night.  Miles asked what language was spoken in this part of Africa and it is lozi and chichewa.  Swahili is spoken in many of the northern places but stops basically at the Malawi border.  We stopped in Chipata for gas.  1.25 million Zambian Kwacha to fill the tanks.  while we were waiting we saw a really fancy blue car speeding down the road but don't know what kind it was. We also saw a small Toyota with 7 people inside and a guy holding about ten dozen eggs in his lap.  Hope they do not need to make a quick stop.  We arrived in camp at 4:45, set up the tents, then looked around.  The bar was very nice with the rugby teams flags hanging around.  We took a soccer ball down the road and heard some kids so we went down that road.  Kids started running around, cracking up laughing, basically just going nuts.  It was the best experience yet with giving kids things.  They were SOOO happy.  We gave the ball to an adult so hopefully they will share it.  We went back to camp and ate the rest of the oranges from Zanzibar.  We went to the bar to see the news which was the first news we had seen in weeks.  Dinner wasa spaghetti with meatsauce, broccoli, and vegetables.  Then when I had already started doing dishes they started singing Happy Birthday.  Apparent;y it was Ernie's 60th birthday, but we had no idea.  Then come to find out, Marlene has a birthday on the 22nd we just didn't know about it.  We ate the cake which was very good, then we finished dishes, took showers, and sat by the very nice fire pit.  There is a very large circle of cement benches around a very nice fire.  there are two white peple here and I don't recognize their accent.  In our information meeting for tomorrow, we learned that we have almost 600 km to cover.  We will camp about 10km outside of Lusaka.  We went to the bar to have a drink to celebrate Ernie's birthday.  Marlene was already in bed, but we enjoyed the beer and coke

Budget- $50                Food- 3100 MK
Spent $12.50              Zambian Visa $160
    






































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