Word of the post: Tionana (See you soon)
I’ve been home from Malawi for nearly a month now. As I’ve played outside, job hunted and eaten all sorts of food I’ve thought about Malawi but it’s different than it used to be. Before I left as a JF it was a place of unknown that merited respect. After I came home Malawi was a place that I longed for. Before I left in April thinking about Malawi was a source of excitement and a little bit of nervousness. Now when I think of Malawi and my family there it is with fondness, they are a part of me and will be forever. This comes out in small ways like my love for washing clothes by hand, when I say tiene when I want to leave and my desire to have a garden next summer. I don’t know when I will be back next but I know that I will be, maybe with my mum, maybe my sister.
Now that I’m home it feels like time to close this blog. I didn’t write as many stories as I would have liked (if fact I can send you a list of all the titles that I came up with that never got the stories written to go with them) so I would be delighted to talk to you about Malawi anytime.
As a thank you for reading here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip (I’m sorry if there are a lot I edited a lot out):
Aliya opening a baobob fruit in Liwonde
The shadows that followed Lucas, Aliya and I all month
The tea fields of Mulanje
A waterfall that we hiked to in Mulanje
Aliya getting her picture taken at my host sisters graduation
Ama and I
Sweeping (Being allowed to do chores is one of the things I am most grateful to my family for)
My Ada, Ama and Juli with Lucas and Aliya
Maize harvesting in Bua
Playing with Lucas’ host brother and sister in the warehouse
Learning to hoe majestically
Thanks for reading and in the fantastic words of Porkey Pig