Posts Tagged ‘Crisha’

Visiting Angel

June 21, 2009

Friday, Vicki, Crisha and I took a couple mini buses and bicycle taxis out to Chipoka Secondary School to stay with Lisa’s friend, Angel. Angel lives in a small 10’x12′ single room, brick house.  Her kitchen, shower and toilet are outside, in an enclosed courtyard.

After we’d dropped off our backpacks, we went down to the harbor, where we found the Ilala docked.  I’m told this is quite the event for Chipoka.  Then, we along the lake, past some cows and sat on a couple benches on the beach in front of the Chipoka Lodge.  A waiter came out to us and chatted for a bit.  We ordered some Cokes and Fantas and the bar tender brought them out.  It was very peaceful and relaxing.

Bertha and her sister made nsima, steamed vegetables, fish and goat entrails for dinner at Clement’s place.  After dinner, there was a party.  Clement put on some music videos, cranked up the volume and began to dance.  Crisha, Angel, Bertha and Evan danced as well, much to the entertainment of Vicki and myself.

Crisha and Vicki left the party around 11:30pm with Angel.  Around 12:30am, I crashed in a back bedroom at Clement’s place.  I found out in the morning that the party went ’till 2 in the morning!

We had some breakfast at Angel’s place.  Then, we went to go visit Clement’s math class.  The day’s lesson was on paying electric, water and telephone bills.  The students weren’t very responsive to Clement’s questions, but that was probably because there were 4 white people sitting in the back of the classroom.

Around 11am, we headed back down to catch a mini bus.  Angel rode to Salima with us and walked us around the town a bit.  We stopped at some shops and bought some Chitenges.  Around 1pm, we jumped on a mini bus headed for the Lilongwe, and Angel caught a mini bus back to Chipoka.

Angel will be going on safari with us.  So, we’ll see her again in a few days.

New Photo Sets:

I need more power

June 18, 2009

On Wednesday, we went to Chitipi, an orphanage associated with Children of the Nations (COTN), for about an hour and a half.  The first half of our visit was spent reading with the 32 kids/teens.

Crisha read with a girl that would have been placed in a moderate/severe class in the States.  Then, she got to hold a 9-month old baby.

I played America vs Malawi football (soccer) barefoot with some of the Westmont College guys.  I tore about 2 square inches of skin off the bottom of my right foot.

We’ll probably be back a few times during our stay in Malawi.

The power just went out for the three times on Thursday.  It was off from around 10:00 to 10:30am.  It dropped out the second time while I was writing this blog post, around 11am.  And, it went out briefly for a third time while we ate lunch.

More photos from around the ABC campus are uploading, now.  Check them out here.

Ready, but still not packed

June 10, 2009

We leave for Malawi in less than 72 hours!

Are we pack?  Of course not.  But, we have begun to gather the items that will need to be packed.  So, that’s some progress.

I’ve also been trying to organize some iTunes music and rip some of my DVDs into iTunes.  We loose at 3-4 days to travel.  So, I’m trying to prepare for boredom.

If you’re curious as to what it takes to commute to Malawi and back:

06/13/2009 19:20 LAX ZRH 06/14/2009 15:45 Swiss Flight LX 41
06/14/2009 22:45 ZRH JNB 06/15/2009 9:10 Swiss Flight LX 288
06/15/2009 11:40 JNB LLW 06/15/2009 14:05 South African Airways 170
Four weeks in Malawi!
07/10/2009 14:55 LLW JNB 07/10/2009 17:25 South African Airways 171
07/11/2009 19:25 JNB ZRH 07/12/2009 06:10 Swiss Flight LX 289
07/12/2009 13:10 ZRH LAX 07/12/2009 16:40 Swiss Flight LX 40

Malawi 2009

May 16, 2009

For those of you who haven’t heard, Crisha and I will be going to Malawi this summer.  We will be gone about a month, leaving Saturday, June 13th and returning Sunday, July 12th.

I got my four vacinations this past Monday after work.  It laid me out for two days.  So, Crisha tactfully decided to get her shots today, on a Friday.

Here’s some quick ‘n dirty details:

  • We will have an 8 hour lay over in Zurich, Switzerland, both ways.  I’m told we do not need a visa to leave the airport.  So, we hope to venture out a little and find an eatery of some sort.
  • We will have an over night lay over in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the way back.  We might check out their zoo.
  • We will go on a 4 day safari in Zambia, which I’m told is the 2nd best area in Africa for safaris.
  • We will be staying with Crisha’s friend, Lisa, who teaches at ABC Christian Academy.
  • We plan to hike Mt. Mulanje, Malawi’s tallest mountain.

More info to come, but I have to go.  Please, ask questions.  I’d love to keep the blog updated about this trip, but I’ve been lazy about it lately.  So, please engage me!