My trip started off with an obscene amount of nonstop travelling. Three flights totaling 28 hrs from Seattle to Lusaka, Zambia followed by 2 full days of nonstop busing (hot, extremely dusty, and cramped as hell) to finally reach the site of the Lake of Stars music festival near Mangochi, Malawi.
Meeting friendly Malawians is a nonstop affair. The people were consistently the nicest and warmest I have ever encountered anywhere in the world. Malawi is truly deserving of its title as “the warm heart of Africa”. People came up to me all the time just to meet me and have small conversation. People shared food on buses and on numerous occasions I was invited to stay at peoples houses.