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Tuesday, June 1, 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: Partial Sun / Sunny

Available Photos:

Sunset and Thumbl Island West Cape Maclear, Malawi

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 782
Linear Dist: 144785
Countries Visited: 56
Regions Visited: 225
More stats...
Hotels: 230
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 216
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3006

Journal Entry:
Up way to early - at the dive center by 7:30. An hour of Medic / First Aid lecture and practice, then an hour and a half of Rescue Diver lecture and half hour of video followed by an hour in the water practicing. The practice was handling panicked or exhausted divers and Chris did his best to drown us.

After a lunch break we kitted up and went for a dive. The scenario was that Peter (the instructor) and Chris (one of the dive masters) were novice divers and we should be paying attention to them. It was a riot in the water they did everything wrong and we struggled to get them to do it right / or keep them from killing themselves. Problems included improperly attached equipment, loss of equipment, runaway ascent / decent, entrapment, entanglement, running out of air, panic, and more - I had a blast and at times couldn't do the right thing because I was laughing so hard at the antics. Nicole (the other student) didn't approach it the right way and got out of the water very stressed and basically not happy.

Had another hour of Rescue Diver lecture, then an hour of Medic / First Aid video before calling it a day - this two courses at once is brutal. Spent about an hour back at the campment doing the homework for tomorrow, then went to a local's restaurant (Thomas's) with a couple from the camp. I just had rice and beans, but it was excellent - exactly what I wanted. Spent the rest of the night playing Bawo - the East African answer to West Africa's Owari.

Still can't quite believe it's June already...

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

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