Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Following up

Well, that last post is tough to follow, so I haven't written in awhile. However, that doesn't mean that my life has stopped since visting with Bill. In fact, if anything, it's gotten more hectic. Only a few short weeks left!

In the interest of time and because I am in fact, in Chadd's words, "Listy", here's a quick rundown:
  • Trip up north - full of hard travel on bumpy creekbeds-cum-roads into the bush with an angry administrator, lonely PCV and man who can't afford deoderant. Yum.
  • Eating lots and lots of nsima and surprising the locals by liking it. Not having a bowel movement for six days as a result.
  • Having an entire hotel room to yourself for four days.
  • Then the electricy goes out. At 7pm. Twice.
  • Visiting a prison (please dear God never put me in a prision in Africa) for a pit latrine project.
  • Seeing the "Malawisaurus" museum in Karonga. Yes, they had dinosaurs here! It's totally beautiful and you can talk your way around the exorbant 500mk asking price.
  • Driving through rubber plantation and watching them tap trees for the sap.
  • Falling asleep in the backseat of a landcruiser with BBC Africa on the radio and waking up three hours later in your destination, refreshed, with terrible bed head.
  • Arriving back in town to realize that yes, you have created a life here complete with really nice friends.
  • Moving into new - smaller, cozier - digs. Now we have carpet, and a pool.
  • And spiders! (Try showering with one the size of your hand and we'll see how far YOU leap)
  • And bats!
  • Going to a game park with the following: a sassy Zambia, a UNHCR intern obsessed with hippos and a surly Nigerian-American. Having a blast.
  • Eating vegetables that knocked my comatose colon back into action.
  • Eating so many vegetables so that the rest of my body was knocked comatose instead.
  • Taking a game drive with two italians and a lesbian german couple. Seeing: elephants, sable, impala, water buck, hippos, impala, an owl, elephants and more impala.
  • Watching the sunset on the Shire river.
  • Freezing ten feet from an elephant in front of our cottage whilst everyone ones scampers back inside. Only come unglued when he starts to charge. Eek!
  • Morning "game" walk. End up seeing lots of poop. And birds. Snore.
  • Safari boat ride with four Italians. Seeing elephants, owls, eagles, hippos, hippos and more hippos. Alissa is happy.
  • Having my camera batteries die.
  • Buying a great basket made of garbage from a women's project. Will look good with plant.
  • Singing "Ebony and Ivory" all weekend, poorly. Also, lots of cookies and cream jokes.
  • Watching Belinda get her birthday cake from the staff in a beautiful open air bush restaurant under the stars. Then making her dance around the campfire with a bunch of Englishwomen because they "need a chocolate chip!"
  • Paying $110 to laugh my butt off for two days.
  • Back to work.

So you see, I've been surviving. Magnificently.

Miss you all,

M.

2 comments:

emira said...

perhaps that corn mush you were eating was not the reason for the stoppage of your colon. In fact, as I believe, it was the stress of meeting the former US president. I probably couldn't poop for weeks after such an encounter. I wish your camera didn't die and that you could post some "africa" pictures on the blog. anyway, enjoy the last few weeks and eat more vegetables.

k8 said...

I thought Impala was the name of a 1981 avacado green chevy my brother and sister used to cruise around in and that the Shire was a magical place filled with hobbits on the mystical island of Middle Earth.

I really need to get out of the city more often.