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Friday, May 28, 1999
Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe to Lilongwe, Malawi
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Lilongwe, Malawi:
Latitude: 13° 59' 20" South
Longitude: 33° 46' 31" East
Altitude: 3902 feet
From Seattle: 11327 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Annie's Coffee Shop

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Today's Travel:
Countries: Zimbabwe, Malawi
Regions: Greater Harare, Central Malawi
Route: Air Zimbabwe Flight ?
Path:Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe - Lilongwe, Malawi
Linear:362 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 778
Linear Dist: 144746
Countries Visited: 56
Regions Visited: 223
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Hotels: 226
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 216
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2990
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Journal Entry:
Up before dawn - not happy. Ride to airport, say goodbye to Carl and Lene (who were going to the bus station). Somewhat the plane left about on time. It looks like there wasn't enough people to justify a separate plane to Lilongwe so they stuck us on a plane to Nairobi and apologized to the other passengers for the unscheduled stop - which explained the time change I was so unhappy about yesterday (and this morning).

Unexciting flight. At Lilongwe Airport I shared a taxi with two other tourists. I chose to stay at Annie's Coffee shop - nothing spectacular, but there was only one other person in the dorms and surprisingly they have hot water - plus it's close to the bus station.

Spent the day wandering around the market, then up to the crafts market. The people in the market are a lot more relaxed than in most markets I've been to in Africa. I looked at different cloths and talked to a couple tailors because I've decided to have a new sleep sheet made - my old one is falling apart after two years. I want to find a cool, ugly, or at least interesting wax print or batique to make it out of. Didn't find any cloth that interested me so I had a tailor sew up the worst of the rips in my current sheet and resolved to keep looking.

At the crafts market I ended up buying five dozen carved elephants (five sets of Malawi calendars) - despite my resolve not to buy anything today.

Had dinner at Annie's and hung out with the other guest (a Swede), and some local rasta guys. I was dying for sleep and ended up in bed before eight.


Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Lilongwe
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Malawi
CIA World Fact Book: Malawi

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