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Obama in Greece!
Obama in Greece!

The best views in Malawi! it was like being on an airplane, looking down. Beautiful waterfalls and The Mushroom Lodge has made this one one my top Malawi destinations. Mind you the breakfast at the Lodge took 3 hours so it kind of threw of us for the day; next time we will come more prepared…

Squeezing worms out of dogs!
These things get into humans as well… read David Sedaris recollection

Amy and I took a trip to North Malawi for the week, driving down the lakeshore. For her it was work; if you want to read more about how the Chinese are pillaging the world, and kicked Taiwan out of Malawi, and how it affects us, read amy’s blog www.amygottlieb.net/?p=97.

Ok i cant contain, just a little rant:
Ooops, we did it again. Malawi kicked out Taiwan in favor of China. China offered Malawi $6B. Already a few hundred million have disappeared, along with some Malawi minister, finance i think… i’m sure the president is getting a nice kick back… so China’s condition was that Taiwan had to leave – they hold a grudge. Taiwan has been helping Malawi for 42 years; medicine, agriculture, equipment, education. the chinese will build a new parliament, and theres talks of connecting the lake to the shore – which will certainly destroy this beautiful pristine lake in no time. They discovered uranium here lately, and theres also corn and tobacco. I was talking to a dude thats lived in Africa his whole life, and he says the same thing happened in Zimbabwe. Chinese used up the country for all its natural resources. And they also bring their own people to do the work – Malawi already has granted china 4000 visas. So they setup their own business and underbid all the local business, because china subsidizes them; they put all the local business out of business, and dont hire local help, they bring that as well. And when all the soil is used up, trees gone, mountains mined, lake polluted and overfished, they just leave. People here cant see past tomorrow. And the few smart ones are so freaking greedy they dont give a %$#. This whole continent is funked.

i am amazed to see the same prop again. Are we not one of the most coolest and technologically advanced cities in America? Why do we have 20 year old cardboard cutout props with same old lights. Could we not have some competitions for companies and individuals to submit new designs – visual as well as technologically innovative? This can even start as a new section only, leaving yer old boring stuff undisturbed, until the city realizes how much potential we have here for marketing and developing beautiful arts and technologies. Surely we can  come up with competitions sponsored by the tech industry, and the city can use those old boring lights for Rick Perry’s mansion and the other sold out guy’s house… if you can put me in touch with someone in charge of the lights please do.
BO! BO! BOred,
andy

KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art are in the Dedza district of Malawi.
kungoni.org
We spent 3 days at the centre. They provide a wealth of information on Malawi history and culture.
A nineteenth-century Roman Catholic mission station that has spawned a museum of cultural history unsurpassed in the region and an organization for marketing the incredibly imaginative and complex work of local carvers and sculptors.
wikitravel.org

Mua Mission is found just off the the main lakeshore road, the M5. The mission is famous for the quality of the wood carvings produced (and sold) there. The standards are superb and the prices reasonable.

Father Claude

The KuNgoni Centre of Culture & Art was established in 1976 by a Canadian missionary Fr. Claude Boucher Chisale. Fr. Boucher has dedicated his life to researching, recording and preserving Malawian culture. The Centre has grown from an art co-operative to a vibrant cultural centre. It provides insights into the history and culture of Malawi through the Chamare Museum, the Carving Centre and the new Research Centre/Library. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni amd Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounter with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks, texts and images and dances can be arranged.

The Cultural Programmes present a selection of traditional dances and songs from the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures. These are performed in traditional regalia, researched and recreated by the Centre, making the performances authentic and true to tradition. The origins of each performance are interpreted for the audience.

Benefiting the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. So we got us a beautiful piece oil painting of a Baobab and ladies around it. Panji gas some excellent work, will like to shoot more of it and maybe grab a couple more pieces.

But we only checked out the monkeys. This is right smack in the center of the city, so i’m sure we’ll be back. Its more of a rescue zoo…