I just had an awesome weekend.

I went on Friday after work to Milungu village in T/A MSOSA, WRH implements there, and returned Sunday afternoon. I will explain now why it was so awesome in point form with explanations.
- I learnt how to weave mats, they cut and dry local palm trees (at the bush stage not yet full trees), then make them into thin strips to weave, the mats are used for sitting on or sleeping on. The same weaving technique is used for making deep baskets, dish racks and winnowing baskets. This was on my TO DO list before I get back to Canada so I was very excited when they were willing to teach me.
- I ate a mouse thigh, in some rural areas they catch mice in the fields, roast, salt them and then sell them at the road side for 15-20 kwatcha. So on the way to the village Lefan and I shared a mouse.   
- A fisherman showed me how to repair a fish net, Milungu village was close to Lake Malawi so I visited and a man showed me his fish nets that he was repairing. He let me give it a try.
- I asked to learn how to fish, they thought this was hilarious. So eventually the Village Headman (that's who I was staying with) took me to learn how to fish. They fish at night and early in the morning because that's when the bigger fish come out. When we got there we found that it was too windy and choppy, not many people were going fishing and I don't think they thought it was a good idea I go.
- I couldn't communicate well. Usually this is mostly frustrating to me, but for this weekend it was awesome. The reason was that people were genuinely very friendly and seemed happy that I had come and that I was trying to speak to them in their native tongue.    Every time I tried to learn something new it seemed like a group would gather, it is very hard to learn something new never mind with 20 people watching and laughing when I do something simple so wrong.
- I used a borehole, carried water on my head, spilled some and kept my head high and tried to be graceful.
- The family I stayed with, Village Headman, his wife and 5 year old daughter were really nice and welcoming.
- I cooked and swept.
- I carried a baby on my back tied in with a jetenge (local multipurpose cloth) as the local women do.
- Ahh the stars are so much brighter without light pollution.
- I used an eco-sand latrine; this was great because it is something that out NGO tries to implement.
- I ate hardy local great good so I was never hungry.
 
When I got home from the village I hung out at home with Mary's daughter, we went to the market to buy some food, made local donuts (my first time and they turned out well), made supper and then went to bed.
 
I want to say sorry for not posting, and a huge thank you for reading my blog.
I have 3 weeks of work left so I am really trying to wrap everything up.
I have 4 weeks until I am home so I am excited and saddened by that fact.
I have about 6 weeks until school starts and EWB magic at the chapter starts to go full force on Saskatoon, I am pumped.
 

I will soon post what salaries are like to compare with the prices of things in Malawi.