i’m living in a fridge…

Arrived back in Basel. To discover that it’s still winterly cold here. I’m living in a fridge…

I enjoyed my 3 week stay in Blantyre, where I surprisingly still feel at home. As if I never left. Even though much has changed.

My own descriptions of Europe sounded faraway and unreal.

But a visit is always short and has a predefined end, so I really don’t know if this would be different if I moved back.

It was beautifully warm and humid.

The crops are looking good and it looks like there will be a good harvest this year.

I spent a lot of time reading and listening to BBC Africa. And driving the 4WD pick-up around BT.

In true chiperoni tradition, I’ve made some snapshots of stuff I found interesting. And I’ve started uploading them to my Flickr account at:


Such as making guava tree leaf tea to soothe an upset stomach. A doctor we met showed us useful herbs. Growing in our own garden. My mom has invited him for a training. Cos like in any big city, this knowledge is disappearing.

I’m currently reading “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” by Alexandra Fuller.

Another book that I bought but haven’t started reading yet is “What happens after Mugabe?” by Geoff Hill. That’s an interesting question.

By nchenga

Nchenga-nchenga is my nickname. Chiperoni.ch is my online playground, scrap book, and on-going collection of bookmarks and interesting quotes. Chiperoni is a Malawian term for cold, grey, rainy weather. I am a bridge blogger somewhere between Basel and Blantyre. The opinions and comments expressed here are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in anyway. So far, this blog is free of advertising or paid articles or similar.


  1. i’m surprised to see celtel (well not really.. :)) and maandasi in malawi as well. we say maji you say madzi for water. quite similar i think.. 🙂 it’s nice to see african pics again. makes me want to go back

  2. yeah, I remember your Nyika blog ! Welcome back to blogging…

    Will you continue to blog from Blantyre?

    Yes, i enjoyed Fuller. She manages to convey a realistic and humorous account of her life in Africa.

  3. Hi Nchenga
    I remember you from last year commenting on my old blogg .. well I’m back blogging, this time not from Nyika. I shall be working with WFP and leave Aus in a couple of weeks. I’ll be based in Blantyre. The blog explains. I’ve spent a couple of days messing about setting up and can’t believe the number of bloggers.
    Did you enjoy Fuller’s book?

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