Wednesday, April 11, 2007

One Month In part I

Greetings everyone, I must apologize for not being able to get in touch with many of you. We have been very busy for the past 5 weeks and I have just now been able to find some time near a computer that I am able to use. And as the case usually is I am a tad rushed, so here is an update in outline form.

-We are half way through training after completing a month long homesty in a rural village outside of Dedza in central Malawi. The surrounding area is beautiful; mountains everywhere, forests and a great view of Mozambique. The temperature hovered around 75 during the day and dropped to about 60 at night - Perfect! I was beginning to like my chances about a comfortable two years.

- Just 5 days ago, I learned where I will be staying for the next two years. I will be in the South Region, in Chikwawa district. I am about 25 km from a tarred road and I live smack between two parks. The average high temperature here during the warm months is around 110... not so perfect. Is rarely gets below 75 and I'm told that this is known as the second hottest place in Malawi! Awesome.

- I am only 10 km away from another volunteer in my group who I get along very well with. I am very excited about having someone near by to comiserate with about the heat.

- I am writing from an up and coming game park, Majete, which is about 2km from my home in Kakoma village. Yesterday we got a tour of the park which has 70 new Elephants that were translocated last year. 6 rhino are coming in the near future. There are abundant antelope species, baboons, bush pigs and warthogs, a bazillion bird species, a few cervals, some bushbabies and quite a bit more. The land scape is beautiful. Everything is very green now, however once the rains stop, which they already have, the landscape will be very Lion King-esque (savannah).

- I must go now, I will be in Blantyre tomorrow afternoon, so I shall write more then. I have much much more to say but Im worried that I cannot do any of it justice.

- Oh and I ate Hippo last night

Okay take care all, and thanks for the emails


Anonymous said...

Awesome Bud, Hope you can post some pictures! Keep cool and enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Kev: Two words -- sun block. And those are for me when we go to Africa to see you. Great hearing from you. Can't wait to hear what you'll be doing when you get to your village. Dad.

Akira said...

Africa sounds sweet. I wish I could go right now. I need some sun and I want to see elephants!!

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that I am proud of you. Do what you love, love what you do. It takes one person to make a difference in this world. I admire you.
I send you a hug from afar!
Your cousin,