Wednesday began our staff orientation. Part of the orientation had included heading to the markets via a minibus. Honestly, I've been a bit leery of the minibus experience. The buses are small, cramped, and the drivers are fearless. Then it was pointed out that the mini buses are how the ABC students and many of the people that work at ABC get around town, so I decided I needed to get over myself and experience a part Malawi the way the locals do. Additionally, the scavenger hunt is a right of passage for all new ABC missionaries.
The newbies were divided into groups each with an ABC Malawian student guide. Me, Nane (our Malawian ABC student guide), Chris (my housemate), Michael (one of two single guys at ABC), Amanda and Cara.
Here is a short clip of the ride. Notice the windshield wiper sticking out and the crack across the windshield. Classic! Really, I've noticed most cars sport a cracked windshield.
Produce portion of the market.
Not only are those sardines but they are dried. To each their own.
Buying eco-friendly shopping bags. Mine is on the right.
BabyBjorn Malawian style.
Toll bridge to get to the other side of the market. The cost was approximately 7 cents.
Cleanest and widest part of the market. Even our doctor from India said the markets were much more cramped than she was used to.