Welcome to Malawi...in NYC...

Hey Newyorkers!

Here I am: I'm back ... I know ... I haven't written for a long time, but you know the City overwhelms me and my busy schedule. Yorkers I have added Malawi to my work remit! I guess you're asking, but wasn't she in New York? How did Africa come into all this?

I don't want to leave you feeling puzzled for too long. I have an enquiring mind and embrace any new opportunities to learn about another country alongside my addition to NYC! ... I thought, well, who knows, one day I may wish to fly Malawi ...Why Not?

Incredibly, as only unusual opportunities like this can happen in NYC, about four months ago, I found myself at the New York Mission of Malawi to the United Nations. Needless to say that at first I felt like an alien planet, or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say a blonde speck on the black continent! So, it took a little getting used to. But thanks to the kindness of the people working at the Mission, helping me with the avalanche of information on Malawi that would pass through my hands each day, I quickly managed to settle in the office. In fact I have reached the point where I feel I could adopt Malawi!

I feel enlightened... previously I thought an African country, like Malawi, would be light years behind Europe. But working here has changed my opinions and made me realize that I was totally ignorant about Africa. The Malawians are open, peaceful, friendly and incredibly intelligent...their patriotism is strong and they are fortunate to have a wonderful country rich in resources. The Mission is hard working especially when compared with the European Missions. Probably this is because they know that, as Africans, they have to work harder at promoting themselves. This may come from a feeling that they are not as important as developed countries, but this will change, I'm sure!

You may keep asking why I keep speaking of Malawi while I'm here in New York. The reason is that I now see a whole different country through new eyes and this is inspiring! Listening to their stories and learning their language, Chichewa, has been wonderful. Every morning I say Muli Bwanji? (How are you) with lots of teeth smiling to everyone. I dream one day of visiting this wonderful country and now i have put it on my list, together with India, of countries in the world that I have fondness for in my heart. Fear not, of course, Italy will always be my first place for family and holidays...and NYC (my city). So now it's up to you..? Will you come with me to Malawi?... click on the link and watch the video ...

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Welcome to Malawi...





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