Drive from Lilongwe to Blantyre

Here are a few pictures from our five hour drive south.  It was breathtakingly beautiful.  It was: “wake-up, you’re in Africa!”  So we stayed awake, until dark, at least.  We nodded off for the rest of the trip.  I would open my eyes every once and a while to see us barreling down a narrow two-lane road, narrowly passing people walking and biking on the left and huge trucks on the right.  I thought to myself “huh, silly to be scared of the plane when this road is terrifying” and fell back asleep.  It felt like the night bus on Harry Potter.

The Director of Sandy’s new office welcomed us at his home, knowing we might be too tired to cook ourselves dinner.  He offered us a wonderful dinner and champagne to celebrate.  As we’d been traveling for about 33 hours, I’m sure our attempts at conversation less than spectacular, but he was kind and understanding.  Knowing none of our bags made it and that we were not in a state to sit around and talk, he sent us home with clothes, toiletries, and a bottle of red wine – for which I will always be in his debt.

We got to our new home, took cold showers (as we couldn’t find the hot water heater switch) slathered on the insect repellent and fell into bed.

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2 responses to “Drive from Lilongwe to Blantyre

  1. suzanne sanford

    this reminds me of our arrival in johannesburg in 1986. after a 22-hour flight with a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old (Thomas and Russell), we were picked up at the airport and driven to Steve’s colleague’s home for dinner. of course our children were expected to be on their best behavior – all the south africans were convinced american children were the worst-behaved in the world! it was a very kind gesture but truly a nightmare! i just wanted to fall into a bed somewhere…then on to the hotel where the “crib” i requested was not to be had – so we improvised sleeping arrangements for Russell who wouldn’t go to sleep on the sofa with two chairs pushed against it to keep him from falling off – surprise! bottom line – travel to africa is never dull!

  2. Alice

    Lilongwe has a movie theatre and actually alot of 24 hour hospitals/ clinics… I live there so I know…

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