Well, another chapter has ended. Jon and I left Malawi on Sunday after a whirlwind few weeks of closing everything up. It was really hard to leave, especially knowing that we might not see some of the people we had to say good-bye to for a long time. Sucks. But, we tried to make the … More Tiwonana*, Malawi!
It was time for our last trip in Malawi – our last getaway in a country with lots of amazing places to explore. 😦 We debated if we wanted to go to Lake Malawi, to other nature reserves, to hike Mount Mulanje, etc. There were too many options!! But then we realized: we’d never been … More Our Trip to Tea Country – Satemwa Tea Plantation in Thyolo!
So, you might be wondering why I indicated that Jon and I went on our last safari… Well, if you didn’t already know, Jon and I are moving back to the U.S. in December! Jon has been away for two years and I’ve been away for almost two years. With that in mind, we’ve decided … More Our Last Safari 😢
A few weeks ago, Jon and I went to the wedding of one his colleague’s daughters! This was not Jon’s first Malawian wedding but it was mine. I’d been briefed beforehand on the customs, what to expect, etc. And I felt like I was prepared for the fun. Mostly*. Weddings in Malawi are full-day events. … More My First Malawian Wedding!
Since March, I’ve been volunteering at Baylor’s clinic, the Center of Excellence (COE), next door to a massive public hospital, Kamuzu Central Hospital. I was lucky to get this posting through Jon’s great colleagues at Baylor and I’m so glad to have this opportunity. (You may recall I had a really difficult time finding volunteer … More Volunteering at Baylor’s Clinic!
Jon and I capped off our amazing trip to Amsterdam with an amazing trip in its own right – Victoria Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe), Chobe National Park (Botswana) and eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland). It was pretty spectacular to visit these places I’d heard so much about and we had an awesome time. Our first stop … More Four Countries* in One Day (& Vic Falls, to Boot)
Jon and I had the pleasure of going to South Luangwa, Zambia over the Malawian Independence Day weekend and man, I tell you – safari NEVER gets old. We were super excited about this trip because Jon had already been to this park twice and it was known to be a place where you’re bound … More I Wanna More South Luangwa
I can’t believe it’s almost been two months since we’ve arrived in Malawi! Time has FLOWN by. Since the excitement of the first week, a lot has happened and we’ve been discovering lots of neat components of life in Malawi. Below are some of the highlights, in somewhat-chronological order… Even though I’d been fully comfortable … More Malawi – First Two Months!
Jon and I planned an awesome safari trip to celebrate our 4th anniversary – Mvuu Lodge in the Liwonde National Park. It’s situated on the Shire River, an offshoot of Lake Malawi (the 9th biggest lake in the world). We headed out early and listened to podcasts and audio books, as per usual. Then, two … More Mvuu Me!
As Jon announced, we’ve arrived! We made it to Malawi on February 28 and it’s been an exciting ride since we got in. Jon wrote about our first trip to Malawi’s Game store (it was *quite* different from the SA one) and the excitement of finding a grocery store that sells everything from fish oil … More 1+ Week In – Malawi Excitement!