Africa makes me happy.
For people who haven’t been there, it may seem strange to say that. In the US, a lot of what we hear and see and think about Africa has to do with poverty and suffering and disease and death. And it’s true, those things are all a part of life in Africa. But many of the happiest people I’ve met are Africans, and Malawi might have been the most joyful African country I’ve visited. Life is simpler there. You have to learn to be content with less, but you have less to worry about as a result. So I dedicate this blog post to competing with every photograph you’ve ever seen of miserable malnourished kids with flies in their eyes. See a different side of Africa. See people’s joy!