Posts tagged "Malawi"
The Art Of Boredom: Take A Bus

The Art Of Boredom: Take A Bus

The appeal of long-distance bus travel: you sit and stare, listen to some music and become increasingly bored with your idle state of nothingness. There are articles promoting the art of boredom and if you’ve been wondering how to practice it I suggest you take the bus. There is something oddly satisfactory in being bored...
To Give or Not To Give?

To Give or Not To Give?

To give or not to give? This is my question. The Malawian kids have no doubt about it: they all tell you “Give me my money.” It is hardly a pressing request, and is as easily said as the Malawian greeting “Hello, how are you?”. Not one tourist I know gives the child money when asked in...
Goodbye Sengabay

Goodbye Sengabay

To mark my farewell from Sengabay and the Baptist Medical Clinic my housemates and I organised a goodbye party. We put some chairs out, prepared drinks and snacks, played a little music. Our first ‘guests’ brought stacks of plastic chairs with them: the small gathering of seats that we had set up extended to a...
A Nightmare

A Nightmare

It was a nightmare. It started with me fainting: one moment I heard my roommates talking, the next all was black around me. When I came to, I followed Thea out of the car and we made our way through throngs of people lying on the floor. Thea started muttering when we passed a little...
Home-based Care Program Sengabay

Home-based Care Program Sengabay

We enter the house carrying a little red suitcase filled to the brim with painkillers, soap, plastic gloves and other medicine. We duck our heads as we go through the doorpost. The family welcomes us; Muli bwanji?, and guides us to a small room at the back of the house. Sunbeams fall through holes in the wall, leaving...
HOE IS HET DAAR?

HOE IS HET DAAR?

Ik ben nu ruim anderhalve week in Malawi en via mijn telefoon komt steeds die ene vraag binnen: “Hoe is het daar?” Blij ben ik met die berichtjes, want het is hier fijn maar ook erg rustig. Het is wennen om na een half jaar constant mensen ontmoeten, maanden waarin je het leven beleeft met...
Travelling; so predictable.

Travelling; so predictable.

‘Travelling,’ she sighed. ‘So predictable.’ ‘What’s wrong with travelling?’ ‘Avoiding reality more like.’ ‘I think reality is over-rated,’ he said in the hope that this might come across as dark and charismatic. She sniffed. ‘S’alright, I suppose, for those who can afford it. Why not just say “I’m going on holiday for two years”? It’s...
Vertrek en Aankomst Malawi

Vertrek en Aankomst Malawi

Zondag veertien/9/2014 15:00     We staan voor de douane op Schiphol en als grapje zeg ik tegen mijn uitzwaaiers “zullen we nu dan maar gaan huilen?”. Tot mijn verbazing ben ik het die in snikken uitbarst. Ik ben gespannen en vermoeid en wil helemaal niet weg bij mijn lieve mamaatje. Maandag vijftien/9/2014 11.30     De gezagvoerder...