Blantyre Travel Blog› entry 6 of 23 › view all entries
Things were going really good in Blantyre. It's the biggest city in Malawi. It looked really different comparing to cities I am used to. There was a central, few bigger streets and some banks, restaurants and stores.. But actually it was really small.
The biggest difference comparing to Finland, were all the beggars I saw there. There was so many streetkids that has either run- away from their homes or orphanages or then some of them were send by their parents to beg money.. Only few of them were "real" streetkids without any place to be. I heard that there is places for them to go and stay or eat. I was told not to give money to them. So I didn't give money.
But yeah.. If you don't want to hang out all the time in the city (like me), you can just take minibus and go another part of a town.. But it won't look the same anymore.. You don't see big buildings.. It's only in the small central where you can see those things. So, because I was living in one part of Blantyre, called Chilomoni, I needed to take minibus to get town or back.
But anyways.. So you take minibus and you go to outskirts of town. Chilomoni is one of Blantyres outskirts. I WAS the only white person in there. I think that in each outskirts it's the same.. Small market- area (or bigger), where people are selling tomatos or eggs or whatever in small decayed shacks. It was so different to what there in the central.. Just 10 minutes driving (or less!!) and you'll be surprised. It's not all about mudhuts, but you'll se how poor that country or continent is. Malawi is one of the poorest countriest in the world.
But the nature is beautiful. It amazes me everytime. So many colours, so many trees, flowers.. And so many insects and animals.. Can I ever fully understand it..?