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June 15th – Hey, Let’s Build a Town on Top of a Mountain!

By Naomi Crisp

Dance it out

Dance it out

I woke up with the rooster again today (I’m beginning to think he’s is following). I tried to sleep in but it only lasted 15 minutes, but I am glad I didn’t as I got to see the sunrise. The orange sky turned into pale pink and then seemingly out of nowhere the red fireball itself made an appearance once again. The view is so gorgeous I just can’t seem to fathom it all. When everyone else had woken up we had fried egg (another new meal) as well as bananas and peanut butter. Corinne then taught me how to play Bowa (a Malawian game) and I loved it! At 10:30 am we set off on our walk for the day. We went through Ukwe’s garden and saw how he sustains his site; he does an amazing job! Along our walk we first went to Manchewe falls which looks over the valleys like you ruled over them in a Lord of the Rings kind of style.  The drop off was quite scary yet entrancing. We didn’t stay long otherwise Dr. Stonebanks would have had a heart attack, so we were off again. A bit further along we came to Kazichi falls where we sat under the shelter of a cave for a while watching the water pour down.

After a walk back up the cliff side we were back on the steady road up to Livingstonia. It wasn’t a particularly long walk but when we approached the base of the town it was a pretty steep climb up. It is crazy to think that they built a town at the top of a mountain. As a reward for reaching the top we ate our delicious homemade sandwiches from the lodge. We then walked through the town where there were events going on at the schools with people cheering. We had a drink and then decided to head back. The walk back was really quick and we realized the others were nowhere to be seen. We stopped at the side of the road for a while and some kids came over to play. As soon as I could see the others in the distance I started teaching the kids ridiculous celebration dances; it was great fun. It turned out that they had decided to stop at a hut that claimed to be a restaurant for a coffee, and they wondered why they were feeling sick after. Luckily we weren’t too far from the lodge and we could all shower and relax for the evening. A wonderful day yet again!

How Can Such an Amazing Place Go Unnoticed?

By Rebecca Clement

Soaking in the view

Soaking in the view

I have two words to say about Lukwe lodge in Livingstonia – Amazing – Wait was that two words? Oh well you get the idea.  The place we stayed at this weekend was built on the side of a mountain, which creates many outstanding and breathtaking view points.  Some are seen from the front porch of the cabins available to sleep in, as well as from the bar where you have staff happy and eager to help you.  There were two options for the sleeping arrangements, cabin or tent. The cabins slept two and the tents also accommodated up to two depending on the size of the mattress inside. Yes, I did say mattress.  I got to share mine with Annabelle and we had an absolute blast hunting insects at night before bed.  I could do without the bruises however from her grabbing my arm whenever she would find one.

View from behind the waterfall

View from behind the waterfall

Oh and I didn’t even mention the waterfalls yet.  Not only is this place built on the side of a mountain but there is a group of waterfalls within walking distance of the place. They were so close that we could constantly hear the sound of the rushing water.  On Saturday we walked to three different locations where we could see the waterfalls from.  Two of which brought us so close to the falls that if we were allowed and had enough bravery we could have touched them.  This though would have been extremely dangerous considering the height of the potential tumble we could take.  There was one place in particular that I really enjoyed which was when we went into a cave that brought us behind the falls.  Here we could sit and watch the water come crashing down.  The noise did not allow for much conversation since it drowned out any voices around.  This for me would have been an ideal place to sit and rest for a while.  I would have liked to eat lunch there (yummy yummy sandwiches) and just spend time in the silence that such noise creates.  We haven’t had a lot of chances to do things like this due to how busy we are being kept and how we are often surrounded by someone.  You tend not to realize how daunting this aspect of the trip is until the fatigue of it finally hits you and you need to get away at the most inopportune time.

Breath-taking view

Breath-taking view

The weekend on a whole was amazing however and it got me thinking as to why not many people are aware of this country’s existence considering what a beautiful place it is.   Could it be that Africa has adapted such a negative name in the ears of the rest of the world? Is it because of the stereotypes that people have associated to it? Could it be because people have been thinking “Oh poor Africa” instead of “Oh wow Africa”?  I don’t feel qualified to answer these questions since realistically I’ve only been here a couple of weeks.  I don’t claim to be an expert but it is the questions I have been asking myself.  How can such an amazing place go unnoticed?