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Lake trip group photo

I was going through Facebook last night and found this group photo from our Area 11 Breakfast Club Lake trip.

Not all the kids are in it and the ones who are, look absolutely knackered! They all slept well in the minibus on the way back (after their treat from the famous Canoe Ice Cream Den).

Good memories!

Good memories!

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Lake trip

Back in September last year, we took the Breakfast Club kids to “The Lake” (Malawi).

It was a huge team effort. Starting with renting the minibus, making permission slips and getting them signed for all the kids. Thankfully, most of the regular kids were allowed to come. Then cooking enough fried chicken, rice (topped up with “chipsy” bought on the day) and banana cake for 30 people! Regie and Dens took care of that thankfully.

A group of other VSO volunteers and friends went with us. Including our good friend Seth. I’m still haunted by that horrendous frisbee over-throw, which ended up on top of a thick, thorny bush… which then you went in to retrieve! Sorry buddy!

It’s a real shame that most Malawians never visit the Lake, which is their best and most beautiful natural resource. Travelling for leisure is simply too expensive for most people. So we’re really happy to have been able to do this for the Breakfast Club kids and a few adults (Harold, Yohane and Francisco) too.

As always, there was no shortage of local kids on the beach to have a game of football with. It was funny watching Harold and Yohane (our night guards) run around with the kids. It’s by far the fastest I have ever seen them move!

It was a really good day out for all of us. And yes, we (Harold and Yohane) bought some fish on the way back, which we hung on the minibus wing mirrors!

A big thanks to Sam, the owner of Cool Runnings 🙂 (the best, chilled out lodge on Senga Bay), who allowed us to park our minibus and use their facilities. I, for one, needed the deck chairs to sit down and catch my breath from all the running around!

Regie's famous fried chicken. Tons of it!

Regie’s famous fried chicken. Tons of it!

Our humble minibus, with me driving

Our humble minibus, with me driving

Happy passengers, ready to go!

Happy passengers, ready to go!

A big bag of Kamba Puffs and Danny

A big bag of Kamba Puffs and Danny

Freddy distracting the kids to jump the lunch queue

Freddy distracting the kids to jump the lunch queue

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

Seth and Francisco washing up, Malawian style

Seth and Francisco washing up, Malawian style

Lost frisbee... my bad

Lost frisbee… my bad

Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings

Ice cream, some for the first time!

Ice cream, some for the first time!

 

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Across the Border

R&R with Natalie…

Welcome to Zambia

A few weeks ago, I ventured across the Zambian border to visit Herman, my VSO Malawi compadre (https://hermanfung.wordpress.com).I doubled up work with pleasure; headed to my second home in Chipata to catch up with my colleagues at Chisomo Community Programme and my Eastern Province VSO family and then headed for the border.

It took me a long 7 hour bus journey to get from Lusaka to Chipata, but a mere 3 hour trip from Chipata to Lilongwe. In a nutshell, the itinerary:

1) Night in Lilongwe

Dinner out with Herman, his housemate Robin and Judy (http://judysweeney.wordpress.com). I previously met Judy in Birmingham on the P2V course, so was great to have  catch up. It never ceases to amaze me how the people I met in the delightful Harborne Hall have remained so integral to this whole VSO business.

2) Two nights at Senga Bay; Lake Malawi

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Slow Down

I had a visit from Natalie a couple of weeks ago. We went in Senga Bay where I took this photograph.

It captures the initial culture shock of coming to work in Malawi. Slow down… or “Pang’ono pang’ono” in Chichewa!

Slow Down

Slow Down

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