Tuesday, February 2, 2010

And the walls came tumbling down...

So Malawi is finally getting going with the rainy season. This is great news for the whole country because the majority of residents are subsistence farmers, so no rain means serious problems. The fact that the rains started late is quite problematic in and of itself so we'll see what the future holds for the chimanga (corn) crop.

But despite the slow start, mother nature has been making up for lost time. It's been raining all day in Blantyre. As today was the cook's birthday, I offered to drive her home so she didn't have to walk. It took me a second to find the keys to an automatic car (driving lessons haven't been going as well as I'd like) but as we were ready to go...BOOM....we heard a big bang!

We thought that the down house had been struck by lightening- but it turns out that the the wall diving our house and the neighbor's property had totally collapsed. Luckily no one was hurt (especially lucky it was raining because normally all of the kids play in the driveway.) And we realized that if I had found the keys a minute earlier we might have been hit with the wall.
Here is a picture of the wreckage.

We survey the damage.

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