So sorry for the constant interruptions this summer – we’ve been busy traveling and having a fantastic time. Sandy’s parents and sister, Ginny, left on Monday – it was a tearful goodbye after a really wonderful three weeks. We were able to see so much of Malawi and still relax and spend time together. The highlights had to be:
1 – A visit to Open Arms Infant Care Home where I’ve been volunteering. Ginger and Alex got a firsthand look at the amazing work this place is doing, a chance to truly experience the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and interact with some precious children.
2 – Doing some creative shopping – here you can often get clothes made cheaper than you can buy them – vegetables and fruit from a serious farmers’ market – and of course you need a break for coffee!
3 – A great dinner with friends from Blantyre and the Evans.
4 – Sandy and Alex got to play golf together – I guess it’s a good thing Sandy brought his clubs here after all.
5 – Ginny saw a giraffe! Hurray!
6 – A quick trip to Mulanje – no time to climb the mountain but we got to try the pizza! We got to visit the Mulanje CCAP Mission Hospital and see where Sandy lived in 2006.
7 – Staying at the luxury hotel, Ku Chawe at the top of the Zomba plateau. We woke up to rain and fog, cozy fires in the fireplace, and a breakfast complete with sushi.
8 – Visiting old friends who hadn’t seen Ginger and Alex in years!
9 – Baby elephants! We traveled 45 minutes on a horrible road deep into the Liwonde national park hoping to see elephants – our guide was skeptical since it was freezing cold and raining but he took us straight to a herd of forty of more! The babies were play wrestling which has to be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.
10 – A four day stay on the lake at Conforzi House, where it was chilly but relaxing. We sat on the beach, took walks, and played a lot of cards. Thanks to our amazing cooks we also enjoyed delicious local meals.
11 – A final night at Dedza Pottery Lodge where we relaxed, shopped, packed, repacked, and had a great meal, wine, and cheesecake(!) before their departure in Lilongwe the next day.
12 – Skyping with Mary Katherine and Gardner and looking forward to their visit!
It was hard to say goodbye as we loved every minute of their visit. Family is so important and as the Evans started their 29 hour journey to Richmond, we felt very far from friends, family, and home.
Still, on the beautiful four-hour drive from Lilongwe, Sandy and I recapped the trip and know that we are very lucky to call Malawi home.