Archive for September 22, 2008

Cinema Matawale

Various small retail triumphs today. After the morning’s induction – a very useful talk with Felix Kauye, the Chief Govermment Psychiatrist – we headed into town to do some shopping using Rob’s car. Rob comes in to Zomba from Blantyre every Monday and Tuesday, staying over in our large house, and while we are without transport his RAV-4 is a luxury. Found the local Carlsberg depot where one can buy a crate of 20 Carlsberg “greens” for K1470. That’s a mere 74 kwacha (30p or R4.60) per beer, including bottle deposit. I think we’re onto a winner there. Then into town, where I manage to find white bread flour – in 10kg sacks, for about the same price as the crate of beers! I’ll need to bake a loaf of bread in the little oven about every three days to get through that bag in four months. I am very pleased with this. Driving back to the house, Steph points out a small rattan couch being sold next to the road which she was quoted K3500 for. We stop and talk to the man who seems to be in charge of making them. This time, with more than one person showing interest, the price starts at K4500, but we rapidly bring him down, eventually negotiating two couches for K6000. Only one is ready now, and we’ll pick the other up tomorrow. That’s £24 for a very basic lounge suite – plus K300 (120p) for a gentleman to carry them to our flat. I do feel almost a bit bad about this, because the couches are well made and seem to be worth much more.

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