Articles in Category: Africa Travels

Back in Malawi

on Tuesday, 04 February 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

    My last attempt at trying to be an African farmer was thwarted by nasty looking ulcers on my ankles due to a local staphyloccus infection, making me fairly bedridden for two weeks. So arriving back in Malawi, I was determined to make up for lost time!! However, the monsoon is in...

Death and Funerals

on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

  The other night I went to bed with the sound of wailing from a funeral not far away. I woke up to the same wailing in the morning. A woman had died during the birth of her fifth child. The child also died. She was having the child at the local community hospital, which has little...

Home in the Village and local thieves

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

    Since I was here last Racheal has built a new outdoor kitchen, storage and washing area. The house was finished one year ago, but like all African houses, the kitchen and washing areas are outside. Glass windows and iron bars have been fitted in the house, making it more secure....

Kafka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana

on Sunday, 03 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

    This is one of my first experiences after arriving in Africa in 2009: I thought it was worth sharing. It is long so I shall upload it in stages. Part One: I made a big mistake. The Emirates Airlines counter person told me I was 17 kilos overweight and she wasn’t talking of my...

Kafka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana: Part Four

on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

We are done. The forms have been inputted and off we go back to the customs office where apparently we have to get the forms checked through, to ensure all fees have been paid and processes followed and then we will be given the name of a customs officer who will be inspecting my bag. We go...

Kafka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana: Part Two

on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

  Get ready: This is just the beginning!! The next day, it is 9.30am and I arrive at the airport in a little better frame of mind after a good sleep. First of all I go to the ATM to try and get some money. A bad idea. The machine takes my card and then doesn’t do anything for about 2...

Kaftka, Terry Gilliam and Ghana: Part Three

on Wednesday, 06 November 2013. Posted in Africa Travels

Part Three: Into the bowels of Ghanain customs shenanigans After about 20 minutes, I am beginning to get worried, not that she will run off but simply that something is happening that I have no idea about and that I perhaps should know about. I go and look for her but can’t find her and...

Malawi 2: Eating and Drinking: The Challenges

on Tuesday, 18 February 2014. Posted in Africa Travels

Eating and Drinking Our day starts pretty early, around 6am, with various activities around the home, including collecting water from the local bore hole, about 400 meters away. Malawian law states that every home should have access to water within 400 meters so we just make it. 400 meters may...