It's just after 6am here and I've been up for over an hour (thanks to the prayer call from the Mosque). Louis appeared about 15 minutes ago and opened the doors, went away and then came back to offer me tea! Henry (the Gardner) is wandering around with a watering can making sure all the plants on the deck are watered. Apart from the guard the rest of the dwarfs (sorry i mean staff) will be here sometime around 7am.
I had no intention of being up so early this morning but clearly someone else had a different idea - even if it was the prayer call that woke me rather than church bells. Everyone keeps asking me how I feel about leaving - I don't think it's sunk in yet (even though my cases are packed and i'm essentially ready to leave). It just feels like I'm going on a holiday and not actually leaving after 5 months of work/research and lots of laughs. I was asked yesterday if i've cried yet - I haven't but no promises that I won't!
Maybe because I've left before and been back within a year - it feels like I will be back in Malawi again! I hope I'm back soon. There are positives about leaving - I'll have clean feet! and the water and power won't go off every time someone decides they want a pay rise!
Over the last week, I've said goodbye to people, met them again, said goodbye again! Well you get the idea! Joe did say until you are on the plane, the chances are you will keep saying the same faces until you leave! He was right! I also keep meeting people who are leaving on the same flight as I am - I have a feeling the flight for Chileka (Blantyre) to Jo'burg is going to be full of people I know. Tony and John have the same connections all the way to Edinburgh!
Well soon it will be time to say goodbye to Malawi... :-(