Enjoying some “Malawi Time”


Everything seems to move a little slower in Malawi. It is very laid back and relaxed, something I am not used to, even back home. With all the long hauls and pre-dawn wake up calls, this down time at a beautiful peaceful beach is welcomed.

The wakeup call this morning came late at 5:30. My objective was to see the sunrise over the lake but the overcast sky greyed out a lot of the colours. I still got to see the famous smoke clouds rising from the lake in the distance. This smoke is not caused by fire, but rather trillions of lake flies. They rise up in columns and are often mistaken for smoke.

After a hearty breakfast, my local guide arrived to take me to the village of Kande (pronounced candy) to see how the locals live and work. I gave my shutter a real workout today as I got to meet some extremely friendly and photogenic locals. I was also treated to a humble local lunch consisting of beans, cassava bread, greens and rice.

This is the real Africa, exactly what I came to experience and share with all of you.

Malawi Children

Malawi Children


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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