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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Morning Commute!

Driving around Malawi we saw an amazing morning commute.   Here is just a small sampling of life on the road in the morning.  By the way, the air is clear....not so many exhaust fumes.  People who are commuting are very fit, but I guess life here is sometimes survival of the fittest.  That said, if you smile and wave, you will almost always get a beautiful smile in return.....people here are friendly and for the most part, happy.

A bike-load of baskets...just try to pass a load like that when a car is in the other lane!  Those yellow flowering trees on the side are Elder Louthan's favorite!

Highway department crew chopping down brush at the side of the hand, with a type of machete.  It is the cold season now or we would say fall.   Temps are still 75 degrees F during the day but nights get down to mid 40s.  So grasses have turned dry...some trees in the hills are changing colors...although not many lose their leaves.  It seems strange to us to have fall weather in May, but we are on the other side of the world!

Hauling by ox-cart.

Everyone has something to take to the market....some walk miles and miles.

His load of sticks is taller than he is.

Loads of charcoal, to sell for cooking stoves, a sack on one end and mesh on the other to hold in the charcoal.  It is for sale all along the roadways. 

He has a passenger, so he qualifies for the commuter lane!  Notice the passenger sits side saddle.....amazing!

Small town.

A boy with the family cattle.  A common sight along the road.
A load of brush or thatch maybe.
Another load of brush.



 Malawi in the Fall!

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog posts....reminds us a bit of Vanuatu, tho your roads are really roads,you have lots of bikes instead of all foot traffic, and your 'small town' is a 'big town' in Vanuatu...otherwise, lot's of similarities. Thanks for sharing.