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From Brown to Green to White

Balaka has for many months been very hot, dry and dusty. There were, miraculously, trees that continued to produce beautiful flowers and sustain green leaves and even produce delicious mangos. But at the same time, the air was often filled … Continue reading

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Laugh or Cry ?

  I struggled with the decision of whether to post this. It is the most incomprehensible thing I have encountered while in Malawi. It is probably easier to read on the newspaper site It must be a long difficult and … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pie

My belly is pleasantly stuffed with mashed potatoes, dressing and pumpkin pie. Ahhhhh Thanksgiving, American style !! A bunch of christian missionaries are in Balaka from Minnesota and there was no way they were going to miss the quintessential American … Continue reading

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Bestings

Bestings is probably about ten years old and Sunday morning he joined me a few hundred meters after I started my run. Many children, usually in groups, will do the same, but they usually drop away quickly amongst a chorus … Continue reading

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Pass the Tobacco

My EWB colleague Mark Abbott posted an excellent comment on his blog today about changes in Thai cuisine and what it could mean for people in Ghana. I think his conclusion applies here in Malawi where something like 70% of … Continue reading

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Rain !!

A few minutes ago I was laying in bed deciding if I should go for a run or do the exercises I had planned. Suddenly from the steel roof began the unmistakable sound of pounding rain! I was quickly joined … Continue reading

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First Chichewa conversation

Today was my first genuine full conversation in the local Chichewa language. I suppose I should note that I was speaking with a kid who was probably 7 years old and I was running at the time, but it really … Continue reading

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