How do I summarise the last 72 hours?! After a bumpy start (quite literally with a flat tyre) and a missed flight, you would think that the prospect of spending 24 hours in Terminal 4 was going to be horrible, however, everything really does happen for a reason. A 2 hour long connect 4 tournament, midnight Costa trips, Joes bedtime story games and time out became the first time many been able to chill out in months after a hectic final semester. As any team would, this intense opportunity brought us immediately so much closer, and allowed some much needed laughter.
After a definite miracle in regards to our flight mishap, all 15 of us finally sat on our brand new plane on Friday night ready to get in a movie in before bed. Our flight in and out of Kenya went so smoothly despite the precedent of mishaps that had been established, and we were welcomed into Malawi yesterday with great weather, and an equally smooth bus journey up to the north of the country to the city of Mzuzu, our base.
After a long time without a bed, this morning (Sunday) allowed time for people to catch up on sleep, and shower (15 adults who hadn’t showered since Thursday can’t have been a pleasant smell). We then as a team walked across to the local church to jump into the deep end of experiencing a culture very different from our own. After a service in their own language, listening to many gospel choirs, and a kick around in the ‘garden’ with many locals, we then headed out in teams to get the food for the day. This meant many of the team were able to barter for food for the first time, and develop their communication skills to get the exact ingredients needed.
With lunch being prepared by the boys (scrambled eggs and fried veg) this afternoon meant time for book reading, a first chance to really reflect on the experiences of the last few days and a kick about before starting our last preparations for tomorrows Youth and Sport Outreach workshops.
All in all, it’s been a definite adventure over the last 72 hours, however, we are all still smiling, laughing and rested to begin the challenge ahead of us.