Seeing Patrick (a friend from school, also my director of the Play we took to Edinburgh Fringe) was beyond excellent. Not simply because he was the first person I’ve seen in 2 months who I know but also that he is living such an incredibly fascinating and inspiring life. He showed me round Lilongwe, constantly greeting people - be they musicians, taxi drivers or street vendors. He seemed to know everyone. It was such a pleasure to be with someone who knows the place, but also to get away from Lady Love for a bit. Great to get beyond just the road side and dig a little deeper into the hidden bazaar like (Muslim influence) markets and down backstreets. Constantly having a bicycle is like looking after a child. Or rather looking after a child who is looking after all your stuff. I have barely camped rough here (I have slept in a couple of very brothel like roadside ‘resthouses’) as there are just so many people and there are also a lot of places to stay, I think this will change almost as soon as I am in Tanzania (2 days). Really excited about wilderness again. With a working bike!