The commercial garden at Kusamala looking at the large classroom in the background.
After many hours of travel Benjamin and I are safely in Malawi. My flight got into Lilongwe on Friday afternoon, about 30 hours after leaving Calgary on Wednesday night. It was a long trip, but Benjamin's travels were by bus and took over a week by so won't complain.
With my first breath I was welcomed by the familiar scent of the sub-tropics blended with
an entire country's worth of cooking fires, and I was so wrapped up in this strangely comforting aroma that I almost missed the rather huge accordion shuttle bus that was transporting us from the plane to the terminal, a journey of less than 500ft. Oh how I love this place.
Once I made it through baggage claim I headed to find my escort from Kusamala and much to my surprise that person was Benjamin. He had arrived in Lilongwe ahead of me and was a more than welcome face. After hours of planes and airports it was good to jump into the back of the pick up truck. It was an afternoon of exchanging money, getting gas for the stove and buying phone cards before finally heading to Kusamala. Once we arrived it was approaching dark, so it was a short first night of settling in, Benjamin into Biswick’s house and me into my humble abode, a former stall in the old brick stables.
The courtyard garden at Kusamala. This old stable area is where visitors and interns live while staying or working on the farm.
The weekend gave us time to ease into life on the farm. We slept in, walked to the local market and casually toured the farm. Benjamin settled in with Biswick, and the two seem to have become fast friends. Benjamin, unlike me, has already started to pick up the local language, Chichewa.
I am happy to report that our stock of donated computers arrived safely and the e-books and videos were well received. Thank you so much to Jack for that! Biswick can’t wait to go up to the lodge and see some of the u-tube video’s. The seeds also survived the trip, some of them I carried in my pockets and the rest were checked with my luggage, in an attempt to save them from x-ray damage. When we plant them in the nursery we will see if they actually survived.