Back from Malawi! For those of you who aren’t sure where that is, it’s a little ways below Kenya right in between Zambia and Mozambique in Africa. This year I decided to join a construction team to Africa to help finish up some work at a church one of our missionaries works with. Although I am pretty familiar with all the aspects of general contracting, I don’t have a lot of practical experience. I soon discovered that putting screws in the ceiling, trying to get paint to stick to the wall without drip marks, and sanding stuff is all a lot more difficult than it looks. Throughout the time I was there I ended up finding a good amount of productive work which I could do, so I don’t at all feel like the trip was a waste of time. However, I think in the future I might stick closer to areas I know I am good at; like moving a mouse around on a screen and wielding a camera. =) We kept so busy I really didn’t pull out my camera as much as I expected I would, but I did take a walk through the village one morning and made a few images I really like!
The other thing thing I noticed is that I really feel out of my zone without fast internet. We had WiFi where we were staying so I was online (slow online) on my iPhone for most of the time. But a there were a couple days in there where that wasn’t even working and I felt very cut off. LOL I guess when you live in an online world removing it is more difficult. But I guess that’s why trips like this are good, they take you out of your comfort zone. Speaking of online click here to follow me on Twitter ;)
On the way back I had an 8 hour layover in Nairobi,Kenya so I took a taxi downtown and wandered around for a couple hours before heading back to the airport. This is one I snapped on a foot bridge right in downtown. That building is the Kenya equivalent of the IRS. Traffic in Nairobi is as bad as the 405 in L.A. lol. =)
Awwww isn’t she just the most adorable thing you ever saw. =). My GF and I at LAX right before I left. If you look close you can tell I’m holding my camera with my right hand with a fisheye lens. That should explain why we are all distorted. =)
Landing in Malwi. When only two planes come per day it’s not worth it to build a terminal. =)
This is one of the roomes we were working on.
Team praying over a house we were helping construct for seminary students out in the village.
The foundation by Rick Wymer.
This was interesting. There are no cement trucks in Malawi so the women bring water on the top of their heads and fill these barrels and then the men mix all the cement in piles on the ground as they lay the bricks.
This is the rest of our team. 7 guys with experience and 3 of us to fill in the cracks lol. =) We had a blast! =)