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October 3, 2013: A Tropical Paradise in One of the World’s Poorest Countries

</ a> href=”https://waterplusgorillas.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dscn7474c.jpg”&gt; a href=”https://waterplusgorillas.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/malawi-2013-263c.jpg”&gt; A long stretch of powder-fine white sad bookended by mountains and lapped by dazzling water, Cape Maclear deserves all the hypes thrown at it. The bay glitters a royal blue, studded by nearby islands and … Continue reading

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October 2, 2013: Driving to Lake Malawi with an “Abnormal” Load

Nicholas, Anne and Jason came to meet us at 7:30am from the nearby property where they camped, thrilled they would not have to “rough it” by taking a series of jammed, smelly mini-buses across the country to make it to … Continue reading

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September 29-30 and October 1, 2013: Mt Mulanje – From Scorching Heat, to Pouring Rain, to Hurricane-Force Winds

When we arrived at the CCAP Linkhubula House the night before, a number of young men were there waiting for Mzungu to arrive and offer them their services as guide or porter. One of the young men named Harry was … Continue reading

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September 28, 2013: In Retrospect We Were Stupid

Although Steve and I were looking for an adventure for our last week in Malawi, we decided against getting around the country in crammed mini-buses used by locals thinking it may push us beyond our tolerance level. We instead solicited … Continue reading

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September 27, 2013: Recognitions and Good Byes

The last official day of our World Water Corps (WWC) assignment was a day of recognitions and good byes. The day began with my usual 1-hour run going in a circle around the neighborhood, followed by the same omelet breakfast … Continue reading

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September 26, 2013: Mt. Mulanje – Do Not Go There or The Place You Cannot Reach

<a All the data we collected in the field the past few weeks was stored on Android phones using a special application called FLOW that has been customized for the survey needs of WFP. The application includes a GPS feature … Continue reading

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September 25, 2013: Africa – The Great Teacher

With the end of our assignment fast approaching, I’m finding myself reflecting on the past few weeks. It will probably take a little while for it all to fully sink in but what I know for sure is that I’ll … Continue reading

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