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Sunday, August 13, 2000
Nkhata Bay, Malawi
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Nkhata Bay, Malawi:
Latitude: 11° 36' 45" South
Longitude: 34° 18' 14" East
Altitude: 1900 feet
From Seattle: 11219 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Mayoka Village

Today's Travel:
Country: Malawi
Region: Northern Malawi
Weather: Overcast / Mostly Sunny

Available Photos:

Fish market Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Sunset Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Moored boat Nkhata Bay, 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: 1221
Linear Dist: 190941
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
More stats...
Hotels: 439
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 129
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4188

Journal Entry:
Up early so we could have breakfast before our dive. Walked into town stopping briefly to peruse one of the craft stalls. The dive was Ok - not bad, not great. The visibility was only about 15 feet - whereas yesterday it looked like it was about 60. We saw lots of brightly colored fish but there isn't anything else but rocks and sand (and fish poop) - it so much feels as if you're diving in a giant fishbowl. The highlight of the dive was the mouth brooders - mother fish that suck their babies into their mouth when they feel threatened.

After the dive we went back to the craft stalls to explore some more. Once again Amy bought some treasures while I walked away empty handed - it's not fair. We headed back towards our place then decided to go on around to check out the next cove. The walk to Njaya Lodge was much longer than we thought - it's a good thing we got distracted by Mayoka Village (our place), as I don't think we would have made it all the way with our packs. The lodge itself looks fairly nice, but not much nicer than ours, and it lacks the atmosphere that Mayoka has. We had a lunch of fruit lassies and garlic bread then headed back to or place via the beach. There is a nice stretch of sandy beach next to Njaya.

Back at Mayoka we walked down to look at Norman's, the resident carver's, wares again. I really like one of the chairs he has and talked to him about maybe getting a second similar chair made. His prices are negotiable and start more reasonable that the carvers in town, and I think his work is much better than most. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I think I'm going to have some chairs made for me.

We went for a great, though slightly chilling, evening swim. Had a social dinner in the lounge then sat around talking. Late in the evening after many beers and some free whiskey shots (never did figure out why) was a surreal moment - there was a big group of us sitting around talking when an little old man came up and said "Does anyone want some chocolate? I'm going now." I thought maybe he was making a run to the store and I was tempted as I'd just been craving chocolate, but I got distracted. A few minutes later I looked over and saw a table with a big pile of chocolate bars and realized that he must come in at night to satisfy the munchies people seem to develop.

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

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