After I received National Institute Health IRB training I was an official observer at three different male circumcision rites near
As I have mentioned previously, the
We travel to Mangochi through
We arrive on Sunday and leave on Wednesday afternoon for Mangochi, allowing for considerable down time. Whereupon, I indulged in two full body messages on separate days, which rank as some of the best I ever had. One of the reasons is that she messaged my butt where the legs join the hips. This are is often neglected, probably because of modesty concerns, but it feels soooo good. The cost is 3000 Kwatchas or about $21 but you must pay in cash because the spa is run separately from the hotel.
We arrive at Mangochi after dark at .
We stay at the Villa Tafica Lodge, a restored mansion of the banks of the Shire River and next to Queen Victoria Memorial Tower and later dedicated to a ship that sunk and the lost of 127 lives.
Looking from the bridge, the Lodge is on the left.
And just below the bridge, we saw this sign.
One late morning we went to Mkokola Lodge on the shores of the smaller
One of the circumcision villages we attended had a traditional dance by the women starting about and lasting all night. In the morning they were still there and one of women encouraged Judith to dance with her. So she did.
The routine when taking picture of children is to show them their photos afterwards and they point to themselves with great joy.
Young girls carry their siblings around just as their mothers do, wrapping them to their backs with a blanket.
The children take care of the young and each other. They are very happy with their lives. Some are mal-nourished however showing signs of being anemic.
Many have not seen a white person and when stepping out of the van they gather round and stare at you. Judith’s blue eyes and hair especially are a source of amazement.
The country side is beautiful and varied. I took these from the van traveling back to Llongwe.
A market along the highway.
Malawi a very poor country. However, it has great beauty which is undiscovered. Someday, the lake front will be developed and the standard of living will be improved. But the people are happy now. I hope they remain as good hearted as they are now.