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Monday, August 14, 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 / Partial Sun / Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1222
Linear Dist: 235794
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
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Hotels: 440
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 129
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4190

Journal Entry:
Since we're leaving tomorrow we decided to put in another load of laundry - might as well start off with everything clean. In the morning trekked in to town and spent some time exploring the crafts shops. This time I was focusing on chairs, but I didn't see any that even came close to Norman's (Mayoka's resident carver). We had lunch at a local's restaurant, it was quite good and cheaper than the camp's so I think we'll be back tomorrow. After lunch we walked up to the post office so Amy could mail a letter. While we were there we talked to some English girls who were sending chairs back to the UK. They had been sitting there for an hours pasting nearly 350 six Kwacha (about 11 cents) stamps on to the parcel - it was probably a yard long and almost every inch was covered with stamps. Since it looks like I'm going to buy a couple chairs that could be me in a few days!

After the post office we walked through the central market and this time I bought some cloth and had a sarong tailored - I'd turned mine in to be washed and I want to go swimming. On our way back we checked out a few more craft stalls but didn't buy anything.

Back at Mayoka we went for an afternoon swim then sat in the last of the sun. Later I wandered down to Norman's hut and negotiated for a coupe chairs. I ended up buying two - one that's already been carved, and one that will be ready when we get back from the islands next Sunday. The one I bought has a stylized with an simple elephant. The one I commissioned will be the same with a rhino instead of an elephant.

After are huge lunch we decided to skip dinner but of course I ended up hungry. I got the kitchen to make me a toasted avocado and cheese sandwich that was perfect. Before bed we played another game of bao and this time I managed to win...

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

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