Malawi is hot.

It’s hot. It shouldn’t be a surprise, but because it was winter (50s at night and low 80s during the day) it gave me a false sense of security. i though, “Wow! This isn’t as bad as I thought it would be!” And when people told us that October would be the hottest month, and October came and went, I thought again, “Wow! This really isn’t that bad!” 

I was wrong. O, so wrong. It is hot. And I am a natural sweater. If you didn’t know that already, well, now you do. I don’t think i have stopped sweating for the past month. I wish I were joking. It’s hot in the morning, brutal during the afternoon and hot at night.

Apart from the heat, things are really good here! We finally finished the process of buying a car here! We were feeling very stuck without one, it was too easy to just never leave campus. Also, I hated having to coordinate playdates just to go grocery shopping with people who had a car. After a long search, we decided on one we liked and bought it. I guess I shouldn’t say the process is done though, because there is a lot of paperwork to do still. Things move pretty slowly here-you get used to it. Sort of. 


ABC has a House system for the school which is exactly like Harry Potter if you have read those books. For those of you who haven’t, it is a British schooling trend to have everyone in the school divided up into teams. At ABC, there are three houses, each named after a national park. Each house is made up of kids from every grade, and they make sure all the families stick together. Miranda and I are Head of House for Liwonde. I will brag and say that we are the defending champions from last year. 

We started house practice last week for the inter-house swim gala coming up in December. It’s a bit chaotic, we have about 3-4 adults and 40ish 2nd-5th graders at the pool and we are trying to figure out who can swim what event. And we only have an hour. The upper school (6th-12th) has a 1/2 hour practice as well, but not many of them show up. They are lame and think it’s boring. It’s a little crazy, but it is a really fun way to get to know a lot of the students that I don’t interact with much during the day. 

Last thing, stay tuned for an update and pictures from International Day next Friday (Black Friday). I can’t wait for the food!



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