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January 12, 2014

Likoma Island Day 2

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Day 2 looked a lot like day 1 – except that today was a Friday! Lovely weather to begin the day with, which of course stayed that way the whole day. The locals are always up at first light, doing their best to get the days work done in the cool of the morning, before hibernating once it gets too hot. The washing is done, fishing nets attended to, anything else is taken care of too.

Sunrise and off to work

Sunrise and off to work

We headed off in the morning to find St Peters Cathedral, the third largest cathedral in Central Africa. Andy was sure he could remember the way and of course we believed him. I’m sure an hours hike became about 3, as we followed little goat tracks all over the north part of the island, each preceded with a comment “I’m sure it was this one”. Anyway, never mind, we had a good tour of the long dry grass on the island! Interesting, even the long grass is used, we would slash and burn it, they collect it and it’s woven into their huts.

Carrying the grass

Carrying the grass

The cathedral certainly wasn’t that spectacular when you compare it to any that I see every day. But when you consider that here we are, on an island in the middle of Africa, it certainly is a stunning achievement. There’s actually another cathedral on the island as well, similar in style, but a lot smaller. There were one or two people willing to show us around while we were there, so we had a good tour of that. Not surprisingly there were still parts of it that were unfinished, as most cathedrals often are, and many parts have had or will need restoration work at some point.

St Peters Cathedral from the West Side

St Peters Cathedral from the West Side

It wasn’t quite lunch time when we made it to the town center – the part of the town where the market is on the east side of the island. Instead we took a look at the boats to Mozambique, a mere 7kms away, and had a snack at the Hunger clinic – so called because it’s meant to fix your hunger, just like a doctors clinic should fix your body.

Fishing boats toward Mozambique

Fishing boats toward Mozambique

We wandered back through the rest of the town – mainly trying to be back at Mango Drift by lunch to beat the heat. Evidence of lack of rainfall was everywhere – far too many crops planted but never able to grow. Ironic given a permanent water source just meters away from the crops that die from lack of water. Sadly many stories are told of offers of help to make the locals more self-reliant, but perhaps through a lack of will power on their behalf, the changes needed and help offered are never embraced.

Road to the west of the island

Road to the west of the island

After our trip into town, the rest of the day was spent lazing around near the beach – well, in the shade under the big mango tree. Once it cooled down I jumped on the kayaks again and spent a bit of time on the crystal blue water, before watching another sunset.

Lazy Afternoon

Lazy Afternoon

Another lovely day.

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