Money woes

Mangochi Travel Blog

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We rose early the next morning, woken by Manuel banging on our door who had decided to personally put us on a truck to Monkey Bay, apparently having decided we were not so good at taking care of ourselves. Somehow we missed the truck he had picked, however, but got onto another one right away. The driver was also very nice and brought us to a guesthouse, which by the way is called ‘resthouse’ in Malawi, a short walk from the ferry terminal.
Monkey Bay was very small, very relaxed and full of friendly people. There were no paved roads and besides a few one-story brick structures, there were wooden stalls and huts like we had seen in the more rural areas of Mozambique and Madagascar.
We found out that the Ilala ferry, which crisscrosses over beautiful lake Malawi, would leave two days hence, had only one last single cabin or deck space available and cost an arm and a leg. So we booked the single cabin plus deck space and paid with almost all of our cash, since credit cards were not accepted. No matter, we thought, even in desert-town Cuamba had there been an ATM. Surely Monkey Bay would have one.
Um, no. It did not. Nor could they help us at the tiny bank. One of us would have to go back to Mangochi to get some more cash.

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