Eleven Cows and Not One Less

Valley of a Thousand Hills, South Africa July 30, 2016 He saw her on her way to the river to collect water and has decided that she is the one. Being eloquent, he has convinced her to marry him. The wooing was spirited, indeed more haranguing than whispering sweet nothings it seemed. But he prevailed … More Eleven Cows and Not One Less

Give Me Money

Malawi July, 2016 “Madam, give me four thousand kwacha” began the first conversation I had on entering Malawi. I had just got stamped out of Zambia and crossed the dirt patch where a lone truck, some cycles dangerously overloaded and some cars were waiting to go the other way. I was waiting for the shared … More Give Me Money

At Cape MacLear

Cape MacLear, Malawi July 10, 2016 Cape Maclear, on the tip of the peninsula near the southern end of Lake Malawi boasts long stretches of pebbly sand. There is the shushing sound of waves lapping at the shore. Children play on the beach building sand castles and drop off anchored boats into the water. They … More At Cape MacLear

Landlubber Alert

Nkhata Bay, Malawi July 4, 2016 The landlubber that I am, of course none of this interests me. Swimming is not one of the skills I possess. But there is something here that I want to do. I want to go with one of the fishermen on their boat. I see them out on the … More Landlubber Alert

On an Indigo Bay

Nkhata Bay, Malawi July 1, 2016 In the northern part of Malawi, hugging the shores of Lake Malawi is a small village called Nkhata Bay. Originally a small fishing village, it still retains in a large measure, a quaint rural charm. Despite the few cement buildings and aspirations toward a township, the pace of life … More On an Indigo Bay