Weekends are my favourite time here. And I have to admit, as much as I have loved the weekend adventures that friends and I have gone on, the ultimate weekend for me is to be at home in Lilongwe hanging out with our wider friend circle. There are always events or parties of some sort happening on Fridays and Saturdays, and we have begun some pretty awesome Sunday traditions too!
This weekend Saturday night involved going to a poetry event at a local hotel. The poets were amazing and one of them was my friend, Trésor, who I met in Dzaleka, and performs heartbreaking and inspirational poetry featuring the stories of his fellow refugees. You can read 'Just Imagine' one of the poems he performed, here, and learn a little more about his passion here (another one of my friends wrote this article and did a great job on it).
But my favourite weekend part, by far, is when we stick to our traditions on Sunday: church, pool, and jazz. My friends here know what I'm going to say when they ask what I think we should do on Sunday... it spills out quickly, excitedly, and sounds like one word: churchpooljazzz!!! Our small group goes to one of the local churches together, and then all head over to Ufulu Gardens, a fancy hotel with a lovely swimming pool, where we wile away the afternoon swimming, chatting, and enjoying the warmth of the sun. Once the sun sets behind the beautiful garden views, we pack up and head over to a chic restaurant and shopping complex, crowd onto mats in the grassy courtyard, and finish up the day with a healthy dose of dreamy jazz.
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