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The stained glass window above the entrance to Livingstonia church

Livingstonia: a glimpse of Malawi’s colonial past

Perched high on an escarpment overlooking Lake Malawi, Livingstonia was established by missionaries from the Free Church of Scotland back in 1894. The story goes that they tried several times to establish missions down on the shore of the lake, but kept losing missionaries to malaria until they moved up the escarpment to higher, less…

our elephant, in Nyika National Park in Malawi (photo courtesy of Anne Hellersmith)

Malawi’s Nyika National Park

Nyika Plateau, a little-known park in the north of Malawi, is one of my favorite places in the world—and I’ve seen a lot of the world. In terms of landscape, Nyika is often compared with Scotland: gently rolling hills covered with grasses—green in the rainy season, brown in the dry season—as far as the eye…

Unveiling my new blog design!

Okay, perhaps “unveiling” isn’t the right word, seeing as it’s been up and visible in slightly different form for the last week. But I’m so excited about my new blog design that I feel like I need to proclaim its existence to the world! This is the first time I’ve paid for work on my website;…