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BUS DRIVER TO PILOT – HELP!

VERY BUSY AND CONFUSING You have not lived until you’ve passed through Addis Abba’s Bole International Airport at 7:30 on a busy Thursday morning. To give credit Ethiopian Airlines has accomplished an outstanding growth sprint in recent years, and it’s obviously much easier to fly in with another 300 new passengers than it is to …

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SEEKING THE LITTLE PEOPLE

Our plans today are to see the drawings, or rock art created hundreds of years ago on the ceiling of caves in the Dedza area of Malawi. The people who completed the drawings were lost to history and we want to see what they left behind. We have not been able to find any maps …

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TRAVEL – MZUZU TO THE TANZANIA BORDER

  Leaving Mzuzu and Traveling North Pulling out of Mzuzu, the capital city of northern Malawi, at 3 PM on the M1, our driver quickly drops the visor to shield his eyes from the afternoon sun. It is the African sun, and it appears to grow larger as it inches closer and closer toward the …

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THE ROAD TO THE LAKE

  Kamuzu International Airport to Senga Bay Back in America it seems every time we get into a car the trip we take is always meant to focus on reaching a particular destination, and while the destination is important it is also true the trip has its own special importance. For instance the traveler who …

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SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT

   Somewhere in the distance, from the safety of the Shire, a hippo snorts a warning not to intrude on his territory. Nearby other hippos slowly change course, as do two half submerged crocodiles gliding silently downstream in the night. Close by tiny insects buzz their melodious sounds to signal they own part the night, …

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RACING THE NIGHT

Light Begins to Disappear Near Sunset, Central Malawi … We had gotten a late start from our southern base, and were still too far from the capital as the sun challenged us to a race against the darkness. Here were the simple rules of the race; the sun would race for the western horizon and …

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LILONGWE – MALAWI’S CAPITAL

Malawi’s Capital City What was once a traditional trading center and sleepy fishing village on the banks of the Lilongwe River, Lilongwe has wafted into a dynamic, vibrant commercial, government and national center of activity for the nation of Malawi. Founded in 1906 as a trading post during the colonial period, Lilongwe gained recognition as …

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TRAVELING IN A DEATH TRAP

Lilongwe, Malawi … It is no wonder the Nation Newspaper carried an editorial questioning whether the government should ban some of the mini-van buses from the roads. The problem is not with all mini-vans, but rests with a segment of those used as inexpensive bus transportation in Malawi.   The exact number of these min-van …

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“NOW THAT IS REALLY HARD”

Preparing Meals the Hard Way   Dedza, Malawi … It is one thing to observe. However, Suzi Stephens, Medical Director for the Malawi Project, is not one to remain an observer for long. In this case she got into the action of grinding maize by hand with a group of village women near Dedza, Malawi. …

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