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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!

The studio of Luntha TV

Luntha TV staff

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...

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.

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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