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A crazy week

This week I was in 5 cities in Malawi, had 18 meetings with stakeholders for my organization. We have a two day workshop on Monday and Tuesday which I'll need to prepare for over the weekend. Where I've been this week:

Interesting things that happened this week...

- There have been a few riots and demonstrations in Blantyre and Lilongwe due the arrest of several politicians who were accused of trying to block the current president from coming into power. I haven't actually been near any of the rioting but it illustrates one way this country is fairly fragile. Malawi became a democracy in 1993.

- One of our meetings was with a Catholic TV station in a small town. The meeting wasn't very productive but they did show us around and let me take pictures!

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The studio of Luntha TV

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Luntha TV staff

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The entrance of Luntha TV. This building is probably by far the nicest in the town, which is mostly Catholic. Religion is very important in Malawi.

- A man in a village we were visiting said he wanted to marry me (I refused). He seemed mentally unstable. I also met 3 members of the Norwegian Peace Corps in that village

- We stayed in a pretty sketchy motel in Salima. At least I thought it was sketchy. It was 5,000 MWK / 13.51 CAD per night and I don't have pictures because I don't want to remember. Washroom was smelly, sheets had some stains, mosquitoes were flying around...

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Cow crossing

- After leaving a meeting we discovered our vehicle had a flat tire, which I suspect was due to someone tampering with our car. Someone who happened to be able to fix flat tired was nearby...what a coincidence.

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Flat tire

- Pippa, Sameer, Soloman, and I had dinner at an Italian restaurant call Mama Mia as Pippa is leaving for Canada tomorrow

Some facts:

- Internet can cost 600 MWK / 1.62 CAD for 100 MB
- I've had 7 beers, 3 cokes, and 2 fantas, 2 gin and tonics, and 1 other sort of alcoholic drink in the 13 days I've been here...hmm...
- I've used up 100 ml of bug repellent. However I have 2 more bottles (paranoia!)
- I've used up my roll of toilet paper I carry with me...some places just don't have toilet paper (or toilet seats)
- I've met 10 other Canadian WUSC volunteers so far

Posted by Analyst 13:16 Archived in Malawi Tagged villages travel malawi meetings

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