- The Hash – Colloquial abbreviation for the Lilongwe Hash House Harriers.
I must admit that I was very confused when I first heard about the Hash. It was very soon after I arrived in Malawi and I genuinely thought people were advertising drugs on Lilongwe Chat!
A poignant farewell blog post from my fellow VSO volunteer. Well said Jess! I miss Malawi. Its good will, adventure and all its frustrations, too.
Originally posted on Malawi Nearly There Yet:
Over the past month that I have been back in the UK I have been trying to find the words to put in a final blog on my life in Malawi. I have failed miserably in this task and have now come…
Chichewa word of the day: Mtengo
One of the very large trees in her garden has just been chopped down, Malawian style! Visit her blog post here.
Equipped only with a panga knife. Not even a rope.
That’s seriously high!
- Game - Game itself is a South African chain of general merchandise retailer / department store. The “Game Complex” in Old Town is where most azungus go to do their weekly shop in Lilongwe.
- Goat - Mbuzi in Chichewa. A serious road hazard because they love crossing when there’s a car approaching!
- Goat stew – My favourite traditional Malawian dish. Especially when it’s cooked by my friend Auden.
Unlike Nigeria and its “Nollywood“, Malawi is not particularly well known for its homegrown cinema. This video may not change that view any time soon but it’s always great and refreshing to see something new in Malawi. The style is certainly different to what I’m normally used to but you can see the Jackie Chan influence at work.
My Son is co-directed by and stars Ernest Thamangiwa, who as it…
Flavours Cafe - One of the few good lunching spots for expats and Malawians, in Lilongwe. If we ever feel like splashing out a little of our volunteer’s living allowance, that’s where you’ll find us.
As I reintegrate into life in the first world… tackling the dreaded “reverse culture shock”, finding a job, rebuilding relationships… I am slowly moving on.
But I still think about my time in Malawi almost everyday. I am staying involved on our iHRIS project and keeping in touch with friends.
One of my overriding thoughts on anything to do with Malawi is the Breakfast Club and the kidswhom I saw…
In September last year, some of my class of October 2012 volunteers met up for a mini reunion.
We met at Fiona‘s placement location: Fatima, Nsanje District, in the south and famously hot part of Malawi. Where she and her housemate Judy, were teaching at the Trinity College of Nursing.
It took 11 months and the thought of Fiona finishing her placement without us visiting before we all finally…