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#51 Inimicus

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:33 AM

If you are going to be in Southern Africa go to Malawi. Beautiful country with great people. Lilongwe (the capital), Salima, and Lake Malawi are are well worth the time you'll spend there. You'll need special vaccinations if you want to get in the lake. English is the official language and with a few minor exceptions its a very stable government.

And as a bartender you'll appreciate the Malawian Gin and Tonic. Its a must have while you're there. Very distinct flavor, not like any G&T Ive ever had. While you're at it throw back a couple of Kuche Kuche beers. Its a local brew that's imminently drinkable. It wont win any awards but its got local flair written all over it and when you cant drink the water, might as well drink beer.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:31 AM

If you are going to be in Southern Africa go to Malawi. Beautiful country with great people. Lilongwe (the capital), Salima, and Lake Malawi are are well worth the time you'll spend there. You'll need special vaccinations if you want to get in the lake. English is the official language and with a few minor exceptions its a very stable government.

And as a bartender you'll appreciate the Malawian Gin and Tonic. Its a must have while you're there. Very distinct flavor, not like any G&T Ive ever had. While you're at it throw back a couple of Kuche Kuche beers. Its a local brew that's imminently drinkable. It wont win any awards but its got local flair written all over it and when you cant drink the water, might as well drink beer.


awesome! i may add that to my list. a lot of the countries north of botswana charge ridiculous visa fees to enter, so I won't be able to whimsically swing into a place for a day or two... it'll have to be more planned out. but we'll see. I need a cheap base to fly to tanzania from, so that may well be a viable option.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:54 PM

I got a great photo of my middle finger in front of Lincoln Finacial Field today. Will post later. Hoping to get MetLife Stadium tomorrow.


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Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:22 PM

Montanita in Ecuador may become my new home. peep it.

and yes. Peru is still on the docket of pstall world travels. fo sho

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:17 PM

$700 RT airfare
$ 250 lodging (for guesthouses a step above hostels and a step below full blown hotels)
$ $200 food (if you eat out at nice places for every single meal

trekking you can do independently for the most part, but if you're going to do a several-day hike through the andes to machu picchu you'll need to hire a guide, that'll be roughly $250 for four days three nights all inclusive

if you do the mountains you'll need a cheap bus ticket to cusco or flights for about $200 RT


so basically for a full week of adventure spending more than you need to (but not staying in fancy places and doing too much fancy poo) you could pull the whole thing off for $1600, if you don't mind taking buses and staying in hostels and eating inexpensive food you could hold it around a grand.

what's stopping you?

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:30 PM

aren't you the guy who totally shut down that Saints* fan? You sir are a true hero.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:53 PM

i'm available for speaking engagements

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 11:03 PM

awesome! i may add that to my list. a lot of the countries north of botswana charge ridiculous visa fees to enter, so I won't be able to whimsically swing into a place for a day or two... it'll have to be more planned out. but we'll see. I need a cheap base to fly to tanzania from, so that may well be a viable option.



I was there in Nov of '10 and at the time there was no visa fee and as an American you got 30 days without any questions.

If you go keep in mind that they will not let you leave the country with more than 200 Kwacha (their currency). They will actually seize it if you try. Not like you would want to, the currency is all but worthless outside of Malawi.


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