After a well deserved lie- in, much to our delight we woke up to fried egg sandwiches in the place of porridge. We were given colourful chitenges (sarongs) and began to get ready for church. Church in Malawi is much different to the church at home, with the service being passionate, inspirational and lively. Full of singing, drumming and dancing (Charlotte got down). Motet gave us a lovely rendition of 'The Storm' and 'O holy night' which the locals enjoyed so much they asked is to teach them how we harmonise (shout out to Mr pitts).
We had a more chilled afternoon and even had the opportunity to wash our underwear, except for Tom and Corey who left the girls to wash their boxers.
We got down to some serious bartering with some local craftsmen who put together a small market for us in our compound. The highlight of the market was definitely Yung's paintings (a local artist). They were so beautiful and he was so modest and asked for very low prices. We bought a game called Bao (like mancala) in which we battled each other after we'd been taught how to play (the score stands at Milana & Corey: 2, Tom & Jack: 0). We were lucky to meet a British nurse who works in Malawi as a volunteer running clinics to help some children who area in poverty. We got to see a real life examination of a local child who had a rather large hernia, which Daisy spotted. We gave the family 1000 Kwacha (£1) which they didn't have, so they could take their child to the local hospital, it was very moving. We then had drumming lessons and dancing, which was very confusing and made is all dizzy followed by playing with the children. side note - kids really like balloons, steamers and bubbles.
SPAG BOL surprise. Dinner was well received and a nice welcomed change.
For many, today has been the highlight of the trip so far, but we look forward to the next week.
P.S. Happy birthday Sally, from Megan, Sammy T and Team 2.
P.P.S. When Anna says 30 seconds she means 10 minutes
P.P.P.S. We invented a blaspheming/swearing game to prevent us from offending the local community, in which if you swear or blaspheme you have to collect a bucket of water from the borehole and bring it back to the compound.
P.P.P.P.S. Also had our hairs braided. and Ivy can do everything!
QOTD: Who has brought back the must buckets so far? comment below!
Answer from yesterday: Tom ate the most mandazis
Love Anna, Daisy and Milana.