Taking advantage of a long weekend, we spent a few days down in Blantyre. Javi had some interviews with people he’s writing articles about, and I tagged along just to get out of the house. Compared to Lilongwe, Blantyre is great. It’s a bigger, busier city and has life pulsing though its veins. Lilongwe […]
This Christmas break we spent two weeks on Likoma Island–enough time for it to work its strange magic on us. There is something peaceful yet claustrophobic about the isolation and remoteness of the island. It didn’t take us long to adapt to the relaxed atmosphere of Mango Drift backpackers lodge: we swam, kayaked, snorkelled, read […]
A month ago, Marie and Antoinette came to live in our garden. We built them a coop out of old pallet planks, and an outside enclosure out of bamboo. We’re… still getting used to each other. I didn’t even know what guinea fowl were before I came to Malawi. The first time I saw them […]
We’d been talking about doing this trip for a year, and last week, finally, we travelled next door to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park for a two-day safari. The beauty and serenity of the park and its animals took my breath away. I never imagined that being so close to wild, dangerous animals could be […]
I think these are totally worth sharing. They really captured the spirit of the City of Stars festival last weekend. Maria Thundu is an awesome Malawi-based photographer. Check out her website and blog.
Lilongwe is not a scenic city, and not one where tourists linger for very long. Lilongwe in September is hot and dry, and characterized by the terracotta-brown dirt which dominates everything that isn’t paved, built up or landscaped. There is nothing very attractive about this sleepy capital city and it certainly is not the ideal […]
This water, the third largest lake in Africa. This water, for drinking, bathing, cooking and laundry. This water provides fish: chambo, kampango, usipa. This water brings tourists, who bring money. But this water is not as clean as it looks. This water is overfished. In this water, danger lurks: bilharzia. This water should be protected.
I’ve been quiet for a while. My first week back in Malawi was tough and I didn’t feel very inspired. It’s strange, this migratory life. I’m always leaving a piece of my heart behind somewhere, and then I have to adjust or re-adjust to wherever I am. My summer in England was amazing, and much […]
We spent a day in Malvern, visiting the town and walking in the Malvern Hills. When I was living in London I had no idea how beautiful the rest of England was. I know there were lots more little gems like this scattered around England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. I have one more year to get […]
I entered this little travel writing competition today. If you don’t mind, I would really love it if you could take a moment and vote for my post about Malawi. I entered pretty close to the deadline and need to catch up with the early birds! To vote just follow this link and click on […]
We did this trip in April. The best part by far was camping out in the bush with hippos grazing all around us. Hippos come out of the water to graze only at night, and they are known to walk quite far. It was terrifying but amazing to lie in our tent and listen to […]
We’re getting good at escaping Lilongwe in the weekends. It doesn’t matter so much where we go, as soon as we hit the M1, we feel like we are really in Malawi. It’s great to be on the road, surrounded by all that beautiful scenery, and away from the walls and barbed wire and traffic. […]