Mulanje Second Visit

This weekend we climbed Mulanje again this time going to a different hut on the plateau. Here are a few photographs.

Cast:

  • Rob – often mentioned on my blog, good friend in Blantyre, lecturer in psychiatry at College of Medicine there, visits Zomba weekly
  • Sue – visiting consultant psychiatrist from Wales, living with us for one month, teaching Clinical Officers in the hospital.
  • Liv – UK doctor working in paediatrics in Blantyre for a year
  • Emily – UK medical student doing her elective, working with Liv
DSC_0017-DSC_0020 The walk up was very steep and very hot this time.
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Typical Mulanje views on the way up, during the dry season.

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On top of the mountain next to the hut.
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The plateau is full of trails and tracks. This explored in the afternoon.
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The three lovely ladies: Sue, Livvy, Emily

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Stunning view on the top: Elephants View
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Magnificent view on the way down.
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  Rob enjoys the view, though spoils it
  somewhat for the rest of us! He forgot I
  had my 18-200mm Nikon zoom lens…

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These little guys were very curious when we stopped for a break.

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At the bottom, Emily and maize fields waiting for the rain.
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  Kids on the way back. I had recently learnt some new Chichewa which I’d tried
  out with some success on the kids outside the Mental Hospital gates. I think
  it worked best here though. It went like this:
     (loads of curious kids come out to watch us stopped at roadside)
     I shout, smiling, “Mungathe kuvina? (Can you dance?)”
     There is bemused silence, followed by a tentative “Tingathe… (we can…)”
     I command loudly, “VINANI!  (DANCE!)”
     and they go wild gyrating and laughing – and I join in otherwise it’s not fair.
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