Goodbye Malawi

Goodbye Malawi

Today, our last full day in the warm heart of Africa, we woke up early to a larger breakfast than we were used to back at the farm. To supplement our usual potatoes, eggs and bread, the hotel we’re staying at offered other items like sausage and cereal! If you know me, you know that my eyes lit up at the prospect of cereal (and I’m not a morning person).

We had meetings with two drilling companies today. The first one was at the company owners’ home, where we were greeted by a dog named Charlie. First we had an informative meeting about the company and their drilling capabilities, and then we had playtime with Charlie outside. Though I myself don’t have dogs at home (just cats), playing with the dog was a welcome respite for the whole team. After that, we had a meeting with another drilling company, and though I won’t bore you with the details, I will say it was another productive meeting. We have a lot to think about when we get back to the States to deliberate between drilling companies.

After a quick lunch at a cool café, the women of the group (aka everyone but Vince) went out to town to check out the fabrics for sale. We all agreed we wanted to get something made out of the beautiful patterns you can find in Malawi. Emma, Jordan and Kim ended up buying fabrics, while Becca and I opted to return home to our local tailors to get something made out of the chitenjes (wrap skirts) we already bought. Emma and Jordan contracted a local tailor to make them a dress and a skirt respectively. The tailor was very quick and they picked up their new clothes in just a few hours’ time! We decided to all wear some funky patterns to dinner to complement theirs.
For dinner, we were able to meet up with Isaac, one of our interpreters from last year’s trip, who is attending university in Blantyre. He and Emma had a joyful reunion and the rest of us got to know him over a delicious farewell dinner at an Indian restaurant. We may or may not have ordered one of each dessert.

I can’t believe that our time here in Malawi is coming to an end, as we begin the 24 hour journey back to Delaware tomorrow at 1pm. I must admit I am excited to return home to see my family and friends, but I am so happy and grateful that I have been able to come to this place, meet the people I have, and be part of a team that is going to bring (and has brought) clean drinking water to communities in the Sakata region like Mphero and Chilimani.

Thank you so much for tuning into our travel blog. Until next time, Malawi team out!

-Ashley
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The Malawi Project Team is currently partnered with the community of Mphero in Malawi, and is investigating how The Engineers Without Borders, University of Delaware Chapter, can best aid the community.
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