Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011 – Holiday!

Today was a national holiday in Malawi.  Everyone was off of school and work so Maribeth took Kelsey and me to Mount Mulanje.  We put all thoughts of work and Queens away and enjoyed a day of rest.  We took Miles, our friend and taxi driver, for the hour drive to the mountain.  What a perfect name for a taxi driver, right?  Except, that here in Malawi they use kilometers instead of miles.  Anyway, the drive there was very beautiful and we stopped Miles often to take pictures.  Once we arrived, Mt. Mulanje was HUGE and very gorgeous!  At the base of the mountain there were tea fields where Malawians were working, picking the tea leaves.  Walking through the tea fields was lovely because it smelled so nice.  Once we got to the base of the actual mountain, we began the ascension on a little path, but with African rain forest all around us.  After about a half an hour, we came to the most beautiful set of waterfalls I have ever seen!  Because the weather was warm and the water looked so cool and inviting that we went swimming!  We ended up spending almost three hours playing in the water, soaking up the beautiful nature around us and praising God for how amazing He is. 

The falls were so pretty that we never went further than the falls.  We would have been content to stay at the waterfalls for days; however, that was not practical.  So we dragged ourselves away and headed home.  It was a wonderful day away from our routine to enjoy friendship and God’s beautiful creation. 

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