While in Malawi we visited with one of our Branch Presidents and his family. His wife cooked us a traditional meal of nshima and vegetables. It was certainly a treat to be in their home. He has a story of practicing self-reliance and coming back from having a successful business and losing it, then starting over again. He wanted to begin again and sell cell phones. They didn't have the money to buy the phones so they decided what they could do without to buy them. They sold their refrigerator and their television. They buy their clothes and shoes at the street markets where prices are cheaper and live very frugally. There is no doubt this family will one day have their nice home and belongings because of their dedication and resourcefulness.
President Nyenyezi and Elder Bingham in front of his shop. He sells music, videos, cell phones and accessories, ad is also an auto technician. His wife sells popcorn and roasted ground nuts to the children coming home from school. He is an inspiration to us.
Our friends told us of a neat park in Malawi that was fun to visit. We hadn't been to any game parks yet and since it was Stanley's birthday and our 45th Wedding Anniversary, we decided to take a little side trip. We booked a day and a night at the Liwonde National Park Camp, Mvuu Lodge. When we got to Liwonde, we had to take a forty-five minute trip up the river in a boat to get to the camp. We saw crocodiles and then we started seeing eyes poking out of the water. We couldn't believe how many hippos were there. They keep themselves pretty much submerged during the day as they sunburn. They come out at night to feed on the grass.
Stanley just wanted my picture on the grounds of the camp near the river.
This is a kudu. Notice the curly horns!
Can't remember what this bird was but the tree was full of them at dusk.
During our walk in the early morning hours, we met up with these two guys who really weren't very friendly. They were trying to decide who was boss and the younger one was getting beaten. Our guide told us that it is quite rare to see them fighting with people around but they were totally oblivious to us.