This past weekend we had an amazing time at the lake. Twelve of us stayed at Conforzi Cottage, an old mansion built in the 50’s on its own private beach. It couldn’t have been more perfect. The cottage has wide a wide veranda that stretches the length of the building, a lovely main room with a huge dining table, and an amazing kitchen. It has its own wide stretch of beach from which you can relax next to the lake’s crystal blue waters. You can see the mountains far in the distance on the other side of the lake and a small island in between. To the immediate right of the beach there is a large hill. From the top, you can look over the wide landscape to see villages and baobab trees dotting the horizon.
We had a great time playing games, reading, relaxing, and eating and drinking too much. The cottage is self catering so we brought all of our food. We were incredibly lucky and had two amazing Malawian chefs prepare our meals. Saturday morning, local fishermen brought their catch by the house so we had fresh fish grilled to perfection that night.
The boys played football on the beach Saturday afternoon. They attracted a crowd of fascinated local children who crept closer and closer. By the end, there were probably thirty children. We entertained each other for awhile – the children danced and posed for pictures and then when they least expected it, the boys would run and chase them and they would run away laughing and screaming. Then they would creep back up and get chased again.
Sunday we had too much energy after relaxing all day Saturday, so we held the Greater Blantyre Olympics. Our two teams, Ireland and the UK versus the rest of the world, competed in a number of events: who can dig the biggest hole in the shortest amount of time, the long jump, throwing a flip flip the farthest with your left hand, squatting against a wall for the longest amount of time, racing running backwards, and racing after spinning around ten times. It was a close competition – both teams really came out to play – but the UK and Ireland beat the rest of the world by a narrow margin.
As Sandy’s boss said the other day when looking through our pictures, we are clearly having too much fun…