Monday, October 22, 2012

Mulanje Mountain (1)

Abdulla, Nadia, Osama S, and me –Cori- were still waiting to know where each of us will be spending the five months of our lodge placement which is a part of our year course we were doing in South Africa when the news came that me and Abdulla will be travelling to Malawi to do our placement in one of the lodges for wilderness company in there.
With the very little I knew about Malawi –indeed in my mind it was a group of islands in somewhere that I wasn’t sure where exactly- I started searching the internet for more information about this country and the surprise came when I found it was a landlocked country with no access to any sea or oceans which was the complete opposite of what was in my mind.

Republic of Malawi:

Or Nyasland as it was formerly known sets on the south east part of Africa and bordered by Zambia on the North west, Tanzania to the north east and Mozambique on the east, south and west.
Even though it is a landlocked country but one fifth of the total area of the country which is 118,484 Km2 is covered with water.

Lake Malawi

Malawi is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by one of the largest lakes on earth, Lake Malawi or Lake Nyassa –the old name-.
Lake Malawi is considered the southernmost lake in the Grdeat Rift Valley system, the 3rd largest lake in Africa, the eighth largest lake in the world, the 2nd deepest lake in Africa and above all it has more fish species than any other lake on earth.

The Warm Hart of Africa

Maybe it is not only the wild life, nor the lake, neither the mountains of Malawi that made it to be the worm hart of Africa but the worm hearted people above all, their great hospitality and the warm smiles on their faces all the time.
Even with it’s being one of the world’s least developed and most-densely  populated countries (almost 15 million with 128 person/Km2) with more than 80% living in the rural areas with a low level of education and health care but people are still the greatest treasure of Malawi.

These was the information I found about the country but for me the most interesting piece of information I found was about Mount Mulanje, with its Peak Sapitwa the second highest peak in the African continent with an elevation of 3000 m with the mountain itself is globally considered as an Ecologically important area, not only that but with the many streams that descends from the mountain with the pools and the waterfalls all makes it sounds a great next adventure to be done.

I will Start my trip to there today and i will be adding more blogs telling you about the Mountain and the spiritual believes on the mountain which i found so interesting.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A day in Istanbule

Wednesday 3rd of may:
I spent all the day packing my stuff, meeting some friends to say good bye, but because I was short in time I couldn't meet all of them, the nice thing that I came across some of them on the streets. A great chance to say good bye. I am going to miss you all my friends.

I couldn't sleep, because I spent all the night awake packing my bags. 4 am my brother dropped me in the airport. And that was the goodbye Jordan.

4th may:
At 9:30 we landed in Istanbule, I was happy to take my first steps on Europe :)
It wasn't allowed for us to leave the airport. But come on, it is going to be 18 hours, so we all agreed that we will go in a round in Istanbule. For me and Nadia it was the first time there, Abdulla has spent some time there before, Smadi was the expert, he took us by metro all around, Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Imnone, and Taksim square. And I was most happy that I got the chance to meet to amazing friends there Jeniffer & Serefe. They managed to handle all the tariff just to come and say hi. Getting to know them I just get more interested in the amazing canyoning activates they are doing, in dead I hope I will soon got the chance to meet the rest of ICC canyoning club, Bahader, Fusun, and all.

I would here thank Serefe for driving us back to the Airport, even she played that we got lost and we believed we won't catch the airplane, and without her help.

Good bye Istanbule, I am in love with you. South africa here I come.