Day 168… Wednesday 6th September
Stopped by the police for a rear break light check – phew all working fine. Drove through Lilongwe with slow moving traffic and many cycles. Large advertisements everywhere and road building in earnest. Our campsite ‘Cool Runnings’ is run by a British lady and is a large grassed area with views of Lake Malawi. Several fellow guests were campers from previous campsites including the French family. We all seem to be doing the same route. Nightclub music and fisherman leaving late at night and then arriving back in the early hours with their catch to drums, cheering. Music is certainly a regular theme in this continent. The fish get dried in the sun before being sold – it creates quite a smell.
Lilongwe seems to be developing quite a pace. It is now a fair bit bigger, more South African and international brands, and a lot of new building going on. Hopefully this is a sign of positive things to come for what is still a very poor country.
I last came to Cool Runnings 10 years ago with Jane, and our new Canadian friends Adam and Aneesa, but this was Rachael’s first time here. It’s like a time has stood still here… absolutely nothing has changed, which is good and bad. It is a lovely site, albeit a little packed this time around with over overlanders. But the ablutions haven’t been upgraded in all these years, a bit of a shame. A lick of paint and a few new cheap Chinese fixtures wouldn’t go amiss.