I'm only going to be in Malawi for a few months. Well, maybe more, since they've asked if I'd be open to extending after the first three months. That decision will come after I've been there for six weeks.
In any case, I plan to learn to say "hello", "please", "thank you" and a few other basics. But I may need more.
Tonight I was perusing sites to check out restaurants and shopping in Blantyre (pronounced Blahntire). I was excited to discover that there's a grocery store in the city. It's called Shoprite and is based in South Africa. I'd read that most of the "western" imports are from South Africa so that wasn't surprising.
I was checking out their site and found this in their description of their butchery department: " Smart shoppers can enjoy a wide range of fresh portions, whole chickens, marinated delights and famously South African products like Karoo lamb, boerewors, sosaties, oepsies, and more."
I get "whole chicken". But boerewors? Sosaties? Oepsies? What the heck are those?
I'll be leaving for Africa in about 2 1/2 weeks. I'm about equal parts over the moon excited and terrified. But I can't wait to find out if I like sosaties. I'll let you know.