Saturday, June 4th
Cha Buino, or “it’s good,” is probably the short and simple way to describe SLIM’s Saturday at Nenchengwa Bay of Lake Malawi. The day began with a beautiful sunrise. There should be no surprise there; how many sunrises aren’t beautiful in some way? Well, to my understanding, as I slept right through it, this particular sunrise was breathtaking in beauty, only to be matched by the stars we gazed upon the evening prior. It rose slowly of the mountains across the bay, beginning our day of fun and relaxation.
Our next twelve hours consisted of fun in Lake Malawi. It began with some frisbee in the shallows between myself, Ashley, Emily, and Lauren. Nick was resting off the night before on his yellow submarine, and Alexis was paddling with all her might to meet him. Lauren and I also had a turn at the canoe, only to find that neither of us are particularly strong.
We ate lunch and took in some direct equatorial sunrays before heading back into the Lake to view it from a slightly different angle. Lauren, Emily, and I got a hold of some paddle boards. (Picture oversized surfboards that you propel forward with a 2 meter oar.) It was a bit exhausting at first, just another reminder of why maybe I should try lifting a weight or two sometime soon, but once we got the hang of it, it was actually very relaxing. We glided atop the clear water, watching fish swim just beneath the surface.
As the sun began to set, some of us searched a little zen in our lives and attempted yoga. It was more peaceful for some than others. Finding balance can be a difficult thing, but trying it is the first step.
We cleaned up for dinner, a huge meal of steak, chicken, or curry. We ate until we were content. As we settled in after dinner that satiated feeling took a bit of turn on us. I don’t know what did it, but oh did something do it.
Not too many Z’s were caught that night. The starry night lit the path as the azungus tip toed across the grass between the cabin and the latrine into the early morning. That morning was not cha buino.