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Monday, August 21, 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

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

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Amy with 922 stamps Nkhata Bay, Malawi

Me with 922 stamps and some locals Nkhata Bay, Malawi

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Day: 1229
Linear Dist: 235930
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
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Hotels: 446
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
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Journal Entry:
The alarm went off at seven but after last night's lack of sleep I suggested that we sleep in some more and Amy readily agreed. Got up a couple hours later and finished packing. We checked out, left our packs, and started for the post office lugging my packed chairs. The farther we went the heavier the chairs got and I was really worried about the twenty kilogram (44 pound) limit on parcels - I didn't want to have to repack in the post office! When we got into town we stopped to pick up the two frames I'd ordered and I looked at some more chairs. Not surprisingly I ended up buying another chair as a gift. I got a good price, and part of the bargain was he had to pack it and carry it to the post office.

The three of us set off again, stopping a couple places to pick up packing supplies. I figured this was good insurance as now if my first package was too heavy I'd be able to pay Chico (the new guy I bought the chair from) to repack it. At the post Chico sat outside and started packing the new chair while I went in and weighed my first package. It was 19.6 kilograms (43 lbs.) - only 400 grams (less than a pound) under the max! As expected the cost of shipping was more than the cost of items being shipped. The largest stamp available in Malawi is worth just over ten cents - so Amy and I spent over an hour pasting stamps on every square inch of my package. Luckily the post office had supplied us with sponges and water! Meanwhile Chico finished up the packing and left. When we finished with the stamps I realized that Chico had left with my Swiss Army knife. The post office had closed for lunch, so while I sat with the packages Amy went to retrieve my knife. When the post office reopened I took the second package in to be weighed - only ten kilos (22 pounds). Amy returned with my knife as I was starting. Less weight meant less stamps, and with pretty much the same package size it was a much easier job, so it only took us a half hour. At the end I'd been at the post office for over two hours and between the two of us we'd pasted 922 stamps (919 six Kwacha, two one Kwacha, and one two Kwacha).

It was definitely lunch time. We went to Jonathan's (our local restaurant) and had a huge meal. While we were eating we decided not to go to Mzuzu today. That will put us a day behind schedule, but we're hoping to find a bus that will takes all the way from Mzuzu to Mbeya, or even Iringa. If we can't find a bus like that we can always skip Iringa and go straight from Mbeya back to Dar es Salaam. Spent the rest of the afternoon trying to find out specifics about such a bus but failed - the Malawian phone system is tragic. Still feeling a little disappointed with the diving situation on the islands we decided to completely blow our schedule and arranged for a dive tomorrow morning. We'll take our bags to the dive shop and leave straight from there. Wandered back through the market for a final time but didn't buy anything.

Back at Mayoka we checked back in. Unfortunately it was a little too late for a swim so we took well needed showers and spent the rest of the night hanging out.


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

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