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Old 21 Dec 2006
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Smile All welcome - Lilongwe, Malawi

I am currently in the final few weeks of a ride from the UK to India (Yamaha XT600 Tenere). The four month journey has been absolutely incredible and i can't believe it's nearly over.

During my trip I have experienced some of the most amazing hospitality and I want to repay the favour and open my home to the hubb community. So if anyone needs somewhere to stay in Lilongwe then get in touch.

My house is best described as 'humble' but I will endevour to find you a bed to sleep on, a warm shower, a place to clean your clothes and somewhere safe to park your bike. (I can also point you in the direction of a reliable mechanic and show you around Lilongwe).

The house is in Area 1 (Falls) very close to Community Stadium in Lilongwe. It's about a 30min walk from Shoprite (in Old town). (Ask for directions to Community Stadium and give me a call)

I run a small charity called 'Building Futures in Malawi' (www.buildingfuturesinmalawi.co.uk). So if anyone is interested in taking a few weeks break from their travels to teach, coach sport, paint classrooms, give bike repair classes etc etc then I can help point you in the right direction.

I do have an ulteria motive....I'm planning to ride my XT600 Tenere back home to England in April so i am particularly interested in people that have come the other way (i need advise on a possible route).

Contact me, Tom, via email tabowden@hotmail.com or phone (00265) (0)9 664811
or Kat (00265) (0)8 379586 - ask for Tom.
or Karen (00265) (0)8 551291 - ask for Tom.
(If you're really struggling to find me go to Silver Strikers Stadium at 2pm and ask people there!)

Try and give me a couple of days warning if you can (don't worry if not - i understand!). At the very least I can point you in the direction of a good campsite or hotel.

I am in Lilongwe from the 15th of January - don't try sooner, i won't be there!

Ride safe

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Old 21 Dec 2006
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Hi Tom
Thats a very genrious offer, May I take you up when I come through Malawi but that will not be until a years time! I would like to offer my skills as Plumber and builder if they would be any use.
Regards George
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Hi Tom,

Sounds like a great offer. Sascha and I are planning to pass through Malawi within the next few months, not too sure of an exact date.. We've been looking for voluntary work and really want to take out time from our trip to help out. Anything from a couple of days to a couple of months would be welcome. Just let us know know how much notice to give you and what you're looking for.


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Tom, great offer, on behalf of all travellers - thanks!

You should start a new Community for Lilongwe - see the Communities page - link on left.

don't forget to send me a few words and pics for the ezine too!
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Hey Tom,

Im soon onn my way home (Cape Town) via Mwi... This will be me and my 34L Tenere's 5th visit. Would dig to take you up on your offer if its still open?
Have done a lot of Africa on my XT so can offer advice with the greatest of pleasure, I just love finding people willingto listen to me waffle...
Will give you a call in say 3 weeks.


PS Will be offering similar in Cape Town as soon as possible.
"If we don't find something good at least we will find something new." Voltaire
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