Today was yet another eventful, fun and jam packed day. It all started when we (Kiran, Grace and Kyle) got woken up in our different tents by the crashing waves of Lake Malawi. Breakfast was rice porridge and it received mixed reviews. All 3 of us found this meal fairly bland however filled us up, ready for the trek up Mount Kilimanjaro (the hill to school).
Today was a very long and hard day due to how hot it was. However Kyle ‘GlennDog’ Chawner has been working on his stamina in the gym (getting hench lol – quote V Gower) and so was up the hill in a heartbeat.
The lessons were fantastic and everyone in the team managed to step up their game and everything ran so smoothly. However lunch was not so smooth. We had the famous Malawian National dish, Seamma, which is fairly similar to mash potato but a different texture was again very bland (this makes us very picky and fussy).
In the afternoon Kyle and Grace went on home visits whilst Kiran stayed at the school getting beaten up by children craving loom bands. He managed to get a few upper cuts to the face and some kicks to the back and his supply of 15000 loom bands, which were supposed to last the whole week, were gone in 2 minutes flat.
The home visit for Kyle was touching as he met a mother called Alice who lived with her family of 12, they lived in a small collection of houses along with a few other families creating their own “clan”. Kyle and his group were shown how the locals farm as they grow sweet potato and other local delicacies that would sometimes take up to a year to grow meaning they would have to think smart and plan for the future, finally the thing that touched him the most was the amount of love that was shown for each of their family members even though they lived in very small houses with poor conditions they remained happy.
On Grace’s visit she met a 19 year old who was studying journalism at college, unfortunately he said he was unable to further his studies at university as his family couldn’t afford it. This made us appreciate the opportunities we have in England and realise how unfair the world is.
When we returned to butterfly space Kyle had a quick photoshoot (photos soon to be released) in front of the beautiful sunset, which showed that every angle of Kyle is as beautiful as that sunset. Kyle is now trying to feed Grace some popcorn and Grace is having none of it. But as we all know sharing is caring and as Kyle says there is no I in Mala’we’.
For dinner we had burgers and wedges. This meal was by far the best of the day and wedges are something we all definitely miss. Right now everyone is chilling watching a movie on movie night here at Butterfly Space. In other news Kyle has proposed to Grace. We all love reading your comments and we all love and miss you. All the best and we will see you soon!
Kiran, Kyle and Grace.
Hi Mr G, Mum and Nez, its Kiran! I would never have thought that on this life changing journey that I would feel homesick however this is not the case. I really do miss you. Mum, I hope you are keeping well and staying safe and honestly I miss Mummy’s hugs. Nez, I hope all your mock exams have gone well, especially your Business and English mocks that you had today. I bet you stormed it! Hang in there bud. Mr G, I hope work is all good and I miss chilling with you in the evenings and honestly I miss you shiny, bald head. Stay safe guys and I’m forever thinking of you. I hope I’m doing you proud and I love you all so much. All the best,