Mulanje is my favorite place in Malawi. I recently hiked up 1300m to the plateau and took a picture from the exact place where I had been 7 months prior. It is the dry season in Malawi, and there is a persistent haze in the air. The dry and yellow grass on the mountain is getting burned in various places, and the smoke creates a fog. The two pictures below are quite striking.
The hot and dry season is officially here. The weather is getting much warmer. The jacaranda trees are blooming their lilac blossoms on otherwise naked, leafless branches. When you first see it, it looks fantastical, unreal. They are truly magical.I think about how far I have come in the last 7 months, and it is truly a long ways. 8600 miles away from those I love. 3.5 months of my life without seeing people who are my community. But closer to finding answers to these scientific questions of mine. I hope it does result in findings that move the field forward, that leads to better therapies for Malawians.
Before I go, I will attend the annual scientific meeting here in Malawi and give an oral presentation. I am hoping to at least highlight how awesome this Malawi-Indiana partnership has been so far.
Until next time…