My Adventures in Malawi

26 Nov

CHAPTER TWELVE — 11/09/2007 — Tying Loose Ends

I know some of you are dying to know who won Big Brother and the finale is this Sunday. My favorite (Go Nigeria!) is still in, with the Richiana couple… Maybe I’ll see the result show in Mozambique, but if it’s not Ofunneka, I’ll be crushed!!

The Girl Night Out party at the Greenhouse (aka home) was fantastic. They served all the delicious food I had eaten over the past weeks. Soooo good!

There were 4 Zim girls, 2 Aussies and Moi. I had also invited a wonderful Malawian, but she had to attend a funeral that night. Very sad the number of people dying this past couple of weeks–4 that have affected staff I know.

Anyway, we laughed, we drank water, and I provided Toffifee for dessert (a Swiss treat straight from the Jo’Burg airport duty free). Wonderful!

Speaking of treat: I had pizza two days in a row in our favorite lunch place called “Al Fresco” with Ingrid. I know I know: I eat Korean food at home and go to Italian restaurants!

But I did better for lunch today and was invited in a Malawian home to have a Malawian lunch, Khwima’s. Delicious of course.

I will miss Malawi more than I thought, but I know it won’t last with the ton of stuff I have postponed and decided to do in DC! Soon I won’t be able to remember those sweet days, where work was harder but so much more interesting.

The atmosphere is very different, not better or worse, but I feel that I am less stressed out and anxious here.

Anyway, before I go back to gloomy DC, I still have some tourism to do in Maputo, and two wonderful weeks in Ireland! Guess what I’ll be doing there… more reading!! See below the list of TWENTY-TWO books I have read over the past 2 months… a record for me!

It had to happen and it did way too soon: the end.

  1. Aztec Rage (Robert Gleason, Junius Podrug) — Very interesting saga following an arrogant man who discovers he is not as well born as he thought, in the background Mexicans are trying to win their independence from the Spaniards.
  2. The Book of the Dead (Doug Preston, Lincoln Child) — Egyptian mythology in the middle of NYC, but they keep referring to previous books and I know there are a couple afterwards… makes you want to read all of them, but on the other hand the characters are not that attaching… maybe the ghost lady…
  3. Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weissberger) — This girl is a mess! go see the movie at least it has a happy ending.
  4. The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood) — Quite complicated with 3 different stories intermingled but very good, it follows the sad lives of 2 sisters in Canada at a time women don’t have much choices in life.
  5. Aristotle and Poetic Justice: Murder and Mystery in Ancient Athens (Margaret Doody) — Aristotle as a detective running after a kidnapped girl in Ancient Greece, or is she? I’d actually read the other books in the series
  6. The Bonesetter’s Daughter (Amy Tan) — absolutely loved it, about 3 generations of women in China and the US and the difficulty of being a good mother/daughter. It even made me more understanding of my mother if you can believe that!
  7. Ricochet (Sandra Brown) — Detective story where the cop falls in love with the wife of his nemesis the AG while investigating a self-defense murder in their house… or did she kill the burglar in premeditation? I was desperate, I asked the staff at the lodge if someone had left a book behind – read it in one day.
  8. Daughter of Fortune &
  9. Portrait in Sepia (Isabel Allende) — Excellent books following the lives of British and Chilean families traveling to different corners of the world. I will definitely read the other books by her, just wish I could read them in Spanish.
  10. Green Grass (Raffaella Barker) — A woman going through her mid-life crisis in modern England… forgettable.
  11. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards) — If you didn’t know it before, you know by reading this book that it is impossible to protect for suffering the people you love. Sigh.
  12. Hemingway’s Chair (Michael Palin) — I know what you are thinking, it’s easy to be a Assistant Manager at a post office in Middle-of-Nowhere, England. Well, it’s not when you don’t get the promotion you were owed and there is suddenly another person in the region after Hemingway collectibles!
  13. Nervous Condition (Tsitsi Dangarembya) — Life in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) for a girl in a poor family, thirsty for knowledge. But it’s too short! It ends when she is a teenager, I want to know what happened afterwards!!
  14. All Aunt Hagar’s Children (Ed P. Jones) — Several short stories but all set in Washington covering different times and lifestyles.
  15. Gitana (Dominic Martel) — A spy story in Spain with people with really shady pasts…
  16. The Amazon Box (Ron Moody) — Children buy a mysterious box for their father’s birthday and before you know it they are traveling in the Amazon and discovering El Dorado…
  17. The Olive Farm (Carol Drinkwater) — Why on earth would two unmarried people put all their saving together to buy a crumbling building in the middle of the bush in the South of France? Well, I still can’t figure it out after reading the book but it’s a pleasant enough read.
  18. The Innocent Man (John Grisham) — Sometimes I don’t know why I put myself through books like that. This poor guy ends up on death row for YEARS even though 1) he is not guilty and 2) he’s not completely there.
  19. The Island (Victoria Hislop) — Loved this one! A young English woman visits the tiny Greek village where her secretive mother grew up and finally learns all the secrets of her family.
  20. The Man from the Boys (Philip Collins) — Two English boys growing up in a rough neighborhood, one is pushed by his parents to study hard and becomes a researcher for the BBC; and the other only wants to be a football player but gets injured. In the end, not sure which one is happier in life!
  21. Girl from the South (Joanna Trollope) — Except that she is constantly leaving the South but falls for an English guy who only wants to stay in the South. Life is sooo complicated!
  22. Home (Frank Ronan) — Very strange book about a kid growing up in a strange community in the 70s, then kidnapped by his strange grandparents and the story ends… strangely.
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