Khrisimasi Yabwino, Aliyense! (Happy Christmas, Everyone!)
For Christmas this year I went North. Northern Malawi that is, not the North Pole. Which means I was still far below the equator.
I visited my PCV friend Tally at her site in Rumphi. She lives near the lake and has a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains.
Tally's family make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning just like my family, so that's how we started our day. Don't they look delicious?
We decorated her basil plant with little mini-ornaments and then ate our cinnamon rolls with powdered sugar icing.
Then we planted maize. This isn't a Malawian Christmas tradition or anything, but she had just gotten her seeds and the weather was good for planting.
After that we headed to a nearby lodge to hang out. We bought cold drinks and played Bananagrams. Then we played a modified version where we tried to make words in our new languages-- Chichewa (me) and Chitimbuka (Tally). It was way harder than we thought it would be!
For Christmas dinner we made lentil burgers and chips (that's the Malawian term for fries). Full disclosure--Tally is an amazing cook and effortlessly made all these goodies herself. I just chopped veggies, did dishes and made sure there was Christmas music playing.
My Mom had sent me a can of pumpkin a while ago, so I brought it North so we could make pumpkin pie. We didn't have any eggs so we used a modified recipe. It was really good.