Malawi is an undeniably exquisite country, and this may be why the clash between the natural splendour and harsh reality of life thumps you in the gut like a juggernaut truck. Baobab dawns, the tranquility of a rift valley lake, and the echoes of fish eagle calls at sunset contradict with kids of 4 or 5 carrying bundles of wood as heavy as themselves, and their mothers and fathers breaking their backs to scratch a living under an unforgiving sun. And yet, and yet … every time you meet a Malawian, you are greeted with a smile as wide as the lakeshore itself. And you understand why this country will always be known as the Warm Heart of Africa. Mwulibanje – may God bless you all.