People running in circles

Sandy and our kind driver went to the airport before work on Friday to meet the first plane in from Lilongwe at 7:00 am.  We had been assured that they would be there.

No bags.

I think we were both beginning to be resigned to the fact that we might never see them again.

Luckily, Sandy was able to get through to someone at the Lilongwe airport who promised that they would be on the later flight to Blantyre.

One last trip to the airport.  Our tireless driver helped us keep up hope that the bags would be there.

Once again, we bought a coke and watched the plane land.  This time, it was a real plane – one with engines and everything.  We felt the hope rising.

We must have looked like such dorks – while everyone else was watching the luggage carousel, Sandy and I were contorted into strange positions trying to see out the windows onto the tarmac, hoping to see what luggage was being off loaded.  They say that ‘Asungu’ (the word for white people) means ‘people who run around in circles’ and that is what we were.

I literally jumped up and down when I saw them on the luggage cart.  Again, those watching must have thought that we had never seen this process before, or that we are very easily amused.  Either way, every bag came through.

We only lost our video camera and that’s because TSA inspected my bag and didn’t take the time or trouble to zip. it. back. up. They taped it around the middle, leaving the sides open and our video camera exposed.  Still, we think we made out pretty well considering our bags were away from us for four days and that they were all unlocked.

So, we joyously welcomed our bags to Malawi,  and for the first time in a week were able to wear our own clean and comfortable clothes.  Now that we have all of our belongings, the apartment is beginning to feel like home.

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8 responses to “People running in circles

  1. JAN

    DEAR ASUNGU!

    HOORAY FOR THE LUGGAGE AND CLEAN CLOTHES – IT SEEMS YOU ANUNGU HAVE ADAPTED WELL! HAHAHHAA

    I AM SURE THE NATIVES ARE SAYING THAT THEY LOVE GOING TO THE AIRPORT TO WATCH THE CRAZY PEOPLE! HAHAH

    LOVIN’ YOUR BLOGS – KEEP THEM UP
    LOVE YA’LL

  2. Aunt Katherine

    So glad your bags have arrived!! We love your blog. Makes a feel like we’re there with you. Thanks so much. Much love, K

  3. Michelle

    Terrific news on the luggage!!! sorry about your video camera, but agree, that is minor to having your own personal belongings!!!! Yippeee 🙂

  4. Wiz

    That’s such a great feeling when you see your long lost suitcases! Huzzah.

    Now Kate, just remember, no matter how well you would love and treat the child, kidnapping is illegal the world over…

  5. Mary

    So glad to hear the luggage finally made it!

    Kate, you are such a good writer and we are so enjoying Malawi with you all. We also think you are both great photographers.

    We will not be surprised if some form of the story you all are living winds up in the Davidson magazine . . .

  6. Liz

    YAY for the arrival of your bags!! It sounds like you handled being without them much more gracefully than I would have 🙂

  7. Myat

    Hi Kate and Sandy (asunguuuuuuuuuuuuuu)
    I would never understand why you guys are so easily amused jumping up and down in a foreign country. I am sure you have never seen an airport before.
    Lovely pictures, lovely blog. Sandy – kudos for the beard –
    Kate – now you have your housekeeper, when are you having your pedicure like Clarisse? If you need butler, let me know – I will fly out in a second.
    By the way, did Magicjack work???
    Cheers,
    Myat, Tin tin and Vanessa

  8. dan

    we keep losing bags at swrc feel like helping us find them? you both sound great we do miss y all ( add a British voice to that and start laughing) Dan

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