A little bit of humor is allowed

a5HIV/AIDS  is no laughing matter but the Ministry of Health in conjunction with partner organizations have come up with a humorous way of talking about it.

The billboard poster reads, ” You cannot know the HIV status by just looking. Protect Yourself.”

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Slow motion

a6Entering Tanzania was mentally and physically exhausting as we had to climb to an altitude of 1800 metres as we headed towards the town of Mbeya. Along the road we saw banana and tea plantations and as we climbed higher we could feel the cold eating into our bones.

Geert made the mistake of not removing his Artiva jacket like the rest of us did as we were drenched in sweat and ended up paying for it. The next day he had a cold and had lost his voice. It was unfortunate because in the last few years he had learnt  Kiswahili and  was unable to greet the people at the local markets.

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Can you show us the way?

a1When we think back to the time that we spent in Malawi we always remember the children as they were always willing to show us the direction.

Here we were on Lake Malawi and asked the children where Tanzania was and they told us that it was across the lake.


I, Geert plan on giving a presentation of the crossing border tour to highlight some of the brightest moments I spent with the children of Africa.

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A walk at the beach

bootkidsWhen the Fishermen leave for the lake the beach belongs to these children. They run around us and shout ‘Azungu, Azungu’, which means white person. It’s like a greeting and we are always ready to give back a reply.

We thought that Mozambique had a lot of children but Malawi seems to have more of these beautiful flowers.

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Back home at Lake Malawi

see”Coming back home to lake Malawi is like coming back home”, I tell the interested locals about my crossing border experience of 2009.

We arrived in Monkey Bay and we decided to hold a small party to mark the second half of our journey though we have covered slightly more than half. We sampled the local delicacies and brew to give us the extra  strength for the coming days. Toto sticked to his usual milk while the Locals taught us how to play ‘Mbao’. Geert was a natural and won two of his games in a row. The locals called it beginners luck but we secretly knew that it was German efficiency at work, wink, wink.

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Hippo, hipp, Hurra!

hipposWe are finally in Malawi and this is a sweet memory for me as I was in Malawi during Crossing Borders 1 in 2009 though I did not cycle in the south of Malawi. The’ warm heart of Africa ‘ is truly warm as we are greeted by trumpeted joy in the local language, Chichewa.

We canoed in the Shrine river, the longest river in Malawi and we were afraid of the Hippos as reports have it that they kill more humans than any other wild animal. We rowed away and felt a little lighter in our hearts but these beasts are truly amazing and will protect their territory and their young defensively against all.

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African kids

girlsChildren’s faces always brighten our days. They are like torches in the dark and they always illuminate the road as we cycle. These three sisters were patient enough to let us take their pictures. Compared to Germany which has an aging population and a very low birth rate Mozambique is the total opposite.

Their eyes and faces may look similar but each of them had a wonderful tale to tell us after we took their picture. A story that can only be told by an innocent soul.

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Rural Mosambique

huettemosambikCycling in  the North of Mozambique is like going back in time. The place looks untouched by the rapid growth that has made Mozambique the second fastest growing economy in Africa.

When you look closer it reminds one of the Agrarian period and you can see small farms and smoke bellowing from the small kitchens and you know that a delicious meal is on the way…

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Where are you heading to?



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In Chimoio we visit a SOS-Village

sosWe had the privilege of visiting a SOS children’s village in Chimoio which caters to the needs of 88 Orphans. A large number of these children’s parents died of HIV/AIDS and this village which has 11 houses and 10 mothers  looks after them. Mr. Fernando Lunga was kind enough to collect us from town and explained to us how they run their home.

This sharing of ideas and experiences is what strenghtens us to build stronger bonds wherever we go. Henning Mankell paid for the construction of the building and the proceeds from his book helps run the home.

A number of people might be forgiven for thinking the Bestselling author Mankell is only a Crime writer but he has also written a number of books on HIV/AIDS.

We think, that it’s a goog idea, to have closer look at Henning Makells Homepage:

> Mankells Website

> Website of the SOS-Village

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