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Monday, May 31, 1999
Cape Maclear, Malawi
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Cape Maclear, Malawi:
Latitude: 14° 1' 43" South
Longitude: 34° 50' 5" East
Altitude: 1824 feet
From Seattle: 11392 miles
Lodging: Hotel - The Gap

Today's Travel:
Country: Malawi
Region: Southern Malawi
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 781
Linear Dist: 144785
Countries Visited: 56
Regions Visited: 225
More stats...
Hotels: 229
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 216
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3002

Journal Entry:
Woke up early feeling terrible, but went back to sleep. Woke up at eight feeling good, but still decide against doing a deep dive. Arranged for an medium depth afternoon dive instead.

Hung out at the camp, walked along the beach, and through the village. Made a reservation for the Thursday car to Blantyre. Decided to try the Chocolate / banana cake the kids are always trying to sell on the beach - it's fantastic!

Two women staying at The Gap ended up on the afternoon dive. They hadn't dove in the lake before so it took an extra hour to get them kitted up and orientated. We went to a site right off Thumbl Island West called Catfish Alley. We were guaranteed to see catfish - but we didn't. In the water waiting to get on the boat I talked to Nicole, one of the other divers, and we decided to do the Medic First Aid / Rescue Diver course (there has to be two people for them to run a course).

Since I need to be back in Lilongwe Saturday (Sunday flight) I'm in a bit of a rush, so after a quick bite to eat (more chocolate cake and some banana bread) we started the MFA course. After dark I went back to the camp and spent the night studying while everyone else was getting stoned or drunk.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Malawi
CIA World Fact Book: Malawi

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