This is where we stayed in Lilongwe. It had slow and expensive internet, like most places in Africa. But I was very happy to have at least a little bit of internet. I did manage to find some warm water for a shower. The tent area was pretty crowded. There was more than one overland truck in the parking lot. The allure of the place was its’ closeness to the main shopping area of town. We could walk there in less than 30 minutes. Note that the largest dimension available for this picture is 1024 X 768 as it was uploaded at a very slow bandwidth from a remote location in Africa.
When I got back to the shopping center I treated myself to a creamy concoction from the Creamy inn. It was pretty good. Note that the largest dimension available for this picture is 1024 X 768 as it was uploaded at a very slow bandwidth from a remote location in Africa.
A few doors down from the Creamy inn was a store that had a sign outside that said the name of the store was "game" but the sign inside alluded that it was in collusion with my favorite American retailer, Wal-Mart. I liked the store. It was new with a modern design and carried lots of cool stuff.
Lilongwe had a very nice shopping center. A few blocks away was one of the local markets. It was something of a dump. Literally. It was on a river and it appeared that there could have been a few homeless people living on the bank of the river. All that material in the foreground of the picture that looks like it might be trash is, well… trash. And the smell was overwhelming. I didn’t last long in this part of the Old Town. I thought it would be in my best interest to turn around and go back to the middle-class shopping center. So I did.
We were in Lilongwe, Malawi to see the city. There really wasn’t a lot to see. It had a nice shopping center where we got a few days supply of groceries, some local money from the ATM and we took a shower at the campground. Showers become very important when you’re living in a truck. Malawi’s biggest attractions are located in the countryside, but Lilongwe is the capital and the country’s largest city. This sign was the biggest HD screen in the country. Any time that I get the opportunity to take a picture of a country’s biggest HD screen I’m going to take it. It was the size of a small billboard.
This is the sticker in the window of the office in the strip-mall that housed the Malawi tourism office. This strip-mall is in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. To my surprise the strip-mall was a very nice place and reminded me of a typical strip-mall that you would see in most of the cities in the mid-western section of the United States. The only difference was that there wasn’t a lot of white folks around.