Senga Bay

May 28, 2007


Well…my second weekend in Malawi exceeded my expectations. After two weeks of hectic scheduling, I finally had an opportunity to experience life in Africa. On Friday night, Oliver Mtukudzi, a famous Zimbabwe musician, performed to a sold-out crowd at the Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. I was told by many that this was the first show of its kind within city limits. Needless to say, I danced my little heart out to the rhythms of ‘Mbira’.

Early the next morning, Sadhna and I hired a driver to take us to Salima, the closest entry point to Lake Malawi. Along the way we stopped by the woodcarving stalls where I was blown away by the craftsmanship. I’m already eyeing the many pieces that I will surely add to my collection in the near future.

I’m currently at Senga Bay, a large inlet along the shores of Lake Malawi staying at one of the nicest hotels in Malawi – Livingstonia. It’s set in lush gardens with magical views of the lake. In fact, it’s hard to believe this is a lake! It looks and feels like an ocean.

Another friend of Sadhna’s is here from the CDC in Atlanta…amazingly enough, he’s in Malawi working on a water sanitation project. His supervisor is Rob Quick! The very same person I worked with in Bolivia! Rob was just here two weeks ago and heard of my new position and sent his regards! I’m also excited to report that HIV is partnering with Safe Water as part of their antenatal care initiative. Needless to say, I am thrilled to meet Menoj and look forward to staying abreast of water quality issues facing Malawi.


Our first night here, we walked to the Safari Lodge (where Menoj is staying) and worked our way around the bend where we were met by numerous fishermen and children. I was in my element as I snapped away. The children are absolutely precious….and laughed hysterically every time I showed them their photo on my camera’s small little screen. I only wish it were easier to make hard copies of photos! I usually make it a point to send back originals to the community. I imagine I’ll have to order them online and have them mailed to me…

We drank local beers as we marveled over the spectacular sunset while also observing baboons playing in the trees. I can’t tell you how often I thought to myself, “I can’t believe I live here!”

The following day I hiked over to the neighboring fishing village. One of the fishermen escorted me throughout the town, winding our way through small lanes (all dirt and sand) in order to visit his friends and family. Everywhere I went I was met with enormous smiles as locals shouted ‘Mwadzuka Bwanji’, or ‘good morning’. Once again, I was as happy as can be as I greeted men, women and children – taking photos all the while. I ended up at the market, where I bought some “Nsaru Ya Chitenje” (the bright colorful material that everyone wears) and took them to a tailor in order for him to turn them into pants. Three hours later, I had my new pants in hand! And for a very small price!

Please check out the photos from my latest adventures!

I’ve enjoyed these last two days immensely! I’m getting ready to head back to the house! The work week is going to be intense…but I am enjoying every minute of it.

I’ll keep this relatively short. Please keep the emails coming! It’s wonderful to hear from all of you back home.

Much love,

1 comment to Senga Bay

  • Laura B

    Hi Amy,
    I’m going to be in Lilongwe for a week in May and have one day to go and enjoy Senga Bay. What’s the best way to get there? Is hiring a driver out of the question? Could I take a bus?

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