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Two Ewans and an Ed’s Travel Diary

Monday, 05 Sep 2005

Location: Mzuzu, Malawi

MapSorry for the lack of updates to the site - internet access here is limited and VERY slow. We've been trying to find out online which placements we have when we get back, but as usual the medical school is running late.

Since our last message a month ago, we have been on safari (visited Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, seeing most animals, including the Big 5, the only notable absentees being the elusive leopards); went to the beach in Dar Es Salaam (much nicer than the rest of the city); travelled to Malawi without any major hitches; and have spent the last 3 weeks based at Ekwendeni hospital.

The hospital is very friendly - we were warmly welcomed and have been for dinner at some of the local ex-pats houses, with another meal on the way tonight! As well as enjoying the hospitality (food is an easy way to our hearts), in the hospital, we have found the English skills of medical staff to be much better and that the nursing staff here are considerably more efficient than those in Tanzania.

Last week we travelled to the south of Malawi to climb the highest mountain in Malawi and Central Africa - Mount Mulanje. At a little over 3000m, it isn't quite in the same league as Kili, but was an enjoyable hike spread over three days. For this climb, we carried our own rucksacks and cooked our own food, which made it feel less like cheating. Since it was a full day's drive each way, we sadly had to take three days off work in the hospital to go, but it was our supervisor who took us, so it was acceptable skiving.

We've only got three more days work in the hospital now before the return journey back up to Tanzania and then a taxing few days on the beach in Zanzibar.

Two weeks from now, we'll be almost finshed our first day of placements somewhere in the UK (could be anywhere between Middlesborough and Inverness!)

Apologies again for lack of communication.

Hope you are all well and not missing us too much!