We put 48 liters of diesel fuel in our truck and it cost 35,821 Malawi Kwacha and they only take cash. You have to carry bags full of money here- it's so crazy. While we were there $1=MK700. The exchange rate is very unstable right now so it changes daily.
We just got 4 new tires and look what happened already. Another flat tire. I guess you shouldn't drive through a giant sized pot hole filled with water. Something punctured the tire right through the side so we couldn't even get it fixed.
It was great entertainment for the kids who lived nearby.
When we attracted a small crowd, I handed out cookies. Everyone helped and we were soon on our way.
Every time we cross the border between Zambia and Malawi I breathe a sign of relief. We have to have all the right paper work and everything has to be just so. We were sitting in the immigration office and a girl came in selling corn. Craig wanted to give it a try but it wasn't too good. Definitely not Utah corn. Good news is, we made it across.
The middle of February we had a senior couples conference and were able to spend a couple of days in Livingstone. It is only about a 5-6 hour drive from Lusaka. Although I have been there many times, it was Craig's first time. We even took a couple of days and took a safari trip to Botswana which is just across the border.
Lots and lots of elephants.
The 2 other couples we were with- the Groesbecks and Hulls. We had a great time
I know you can't really see what the sign says but we thought it was so funny. VALENTINES EVE at the 7-11. COME AND SPEND COUPLES NITE. Where else would you rather be?
Elder and Sister Andersen visited our mission and were here for a short 24 hours but they were powerful hours. Every time he spoke to the members here the spirit just filled the room. There was no doubt that he is an apostle of the Lord. He told the people to have faith, be diligent and patient as they wait for a temple to be built in Zambia. There is only 1 stake here in Lusaka but the church is growing fast.
We just received this in the mail today from our ward in Centerville- everyone wishing us Merry Christmas. It was mailed on December 16 and it arrived on February 24. It was so fun to read all the messages from home. Thanks everyone who wrote from the Willow Wood Ward. We love you!