Malawi · 8 Days · 9 Moments · May 2017

Yashwardhan's adventure in Malawi

23 May 2017

So I started my internship here at Malawi today with the legal firm 'John Tennyson and Associates'. I have to wake up at 5am and come back by 6pm. Admittedly, it leaves me very tired to do anything else after coming home. But it's worth it. It feels way better working here than in some Indian firm. Also went to the Mzuzu Court House. The lawyers here still wear wigs and long black robes, following the old British system even today.

21 May 2017

Went to Chintheche today. Chintheche is actually a lodge with a the shores of Lake Malawi running alongside it. The area looks like a beach and feels like one too, but the wide blue waters you see there is actually a lake, Lake Malawi. On the way back, we experienced a beautiful sunset to end the day.

20 May 2017

Ate my first Braai today. Braai is to Africa what Barbecue is to America. My cook, Kundwan, prepared and grilled some delicious chicken. That was dinner really.

19 May 2017

Experienced my first rains in Africa today. Soaked myself wet just to feel the African drops.
Today I took a morning walk in the rubber plantation. A few workers here and there were collecting the rubber from the cups attached to the base of the trees and greeted me with a warm "good morning". The sun rises here at about 5.45 am. These woods are a wonderful place for a walk.

17 May 2017

So I finally got my luggage today after 3 days in Malawi. And oh well.. My camera got stolen. The thieves were smart. The lock was unbroken but they somehow managed to get the bag open. A localite here told me they put in ball point pens in the zipper of the bag to force open the bag without breaking the lock, then they run the zip back around the bag to close it. It then looks almost as if the bag was never opened. I had come to Malawi with a mission. To take great photos with my mirrorless camera of Sony. Guess now I'll have to do with my phone's camera.
So today I visited Butterfly Lodge in Nkhata Bay. It a beautiful lodge with a great view of Malawi Lake. We took some great photos and took the time to enjoy the gorgeous sunset over the lake, with fishermen rowing back to their homes in their canoes.

16 May 2017

So today me and mom go to Mzuzu City to shop some clothes for myself as well as to buy some supplies. I was really surprised by Mzuzu. It's a small town but man does it seem developed. And it's very clean. There's only one big place for all your shopping needs - a store called Shoprite. It has everything from clothes to utensils to various brands of chocolates and chips that I never saw or heard before and brands like Lays which are different from the Lays in India in the sense that Indian Lays has ridges on it (and is really a packet of air) but African Lays is plain like a potato chip (and a little more in quantity). The current here is fucked up. One US Dollar equals 759 Malawian Kwacha, which is equal to 11.2 Indian Rupees. Their economy is so down that a packet of Maggi Noodles which costs 10 Indian Rupees is about 250 Malawian Kwacha. A packet of lays itself costs more than a 1000 Kwacha. You really have to carry fat wallets here.

15 May 2017

So my first day in Malawi started with me taking a picture of my dad's Bungalow to post on Facebook. There was only one problem though. My luggage had not arrived at the airport and the authorities told me it would take another 2-3 days to come. This was because the flight from Mumbai to Addis Ababa was an airbus while the flight from Addis Ababa to Lilongwe, Malawi, was a small jet. For this reason, some luggage could not fit in the jet as there was more luggage per person than the people in the flight itself. Until the luggage arrives though, I'm wearing my dad's baggy clothes.