I’ve been home from my trip to Malawi with ONE and Heifer International for almost two days now, and my mind is still reeling from the experience. Every emotion you could feel, I felt. Sometimes all within the same 30 seconds. But it was as incredible as you’d expect, and I will be sharing stories and what I learned with you all in the coming weeks.
I will say that the main takeaway I have from the trip is this: the people of Malawi are wonderful. I know that sounds trite and cliched, and I know that’s just the first of many things I’m going to have trouble expressing in words, but it’s true. The warmth and joy we felt, the connection we felt, the sense that the world is so much smaller than we think and maybe that stupid Disney song is right, were truly authentic.
But since I can’t quite articulate that very well yet, I’m going to show you what I mean. Here’s a slide show of just some of the pictures I took during the week (all on my iPhone, so please to excuse the quality because I’m very bad at “buffering” and knowing how to download and upload and sideload and blah blah). The song you hear was recorded by traveling companion Heather Barmore. Every time we visited a village, the women would greet us with a jubilant song and dance that went straight into our hearts and maybe made a little blonde cynic from Texas tear up and whack her head on the bus because she couldn’t quite see where she was going.
Truly beautiful Malawi.