bem vindo

 

Bem-vindo a Maputo, uma jornada cheia de, divertimento, alegria e muita comida mar.” 

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We arrived at Lebombo and welcomed by the KFC plane, what was its purpose, I am not sure maybe to tell us that there is more than just fish in Mozambique. I was just glad that we had finally arrived. The process at immigration was hectic though, the que’s were long and if you didn’t speak Portuguese it was another dilemma all together. We were lucky Swahili is partly Portuguese and Arabic..shall leave that for another day.

When driving down town to our Hotel I noticed the most amazing architecture on hills, I was just thinking about the engineering they put to build skyscrapers on hills and still look very stable.

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Time waits for no man, we went checked in and within minutes we were out to the most amazing place for dinner, and it was so amazing that I forgot the name of the restaurant. Look at that plate of food wouldn’t you have forgotten as well? 

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Everyone in Maputo is healthy, jokes aside we woke up, stretched out of bed, opened the window and shock on us, the city was working out…didnt want to feel out of place so the parents, Oumi and I went for a walk. Below is a picture of the amazing view while walking.

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 It’s hot and humid in Maputo and a cheap and fulfilling way to quench your thirst is by having some coconut juice, and when it gets too hot again some sugar-cane juice!

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We did set to work; you know the trip won’t pay itself.

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It doesn’t cost much to be in a beautiful city with great people, learning new cultures and most of all having fun. We wanted to find out what more Maputo had in store for us and found this mode of transport; it was not your usual Matatu, Combi or Tuktuk. There you have it, the Maputo express. A great mode of transport for tourists. 

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Did i mention how interesting the architecture is? Well indeed i did but the greatest thing in architecture is maintaining the culture, more of a historic site. We went to the animal museum…

ImageMore on the architecture, it’s what I love the most. Below is the railway station, astounding right?

 ImageIf you could sit and chill at the train station and read a book even, you might as well have some coffee. The train station is busy by day and at night it’s full of entertainment. We watched a live performance while having some galao.

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The interiors of the restaurant at the train station had pictures and posters of memories that made it what it is today. What we also call as pop architecture.

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When you think of the fish market all you think of is the smell, but we had been advised to go there and experience great food. I was thinking the same thing, food from the fish market?

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ImageThe smell was definitely there but I was now more interested in the quantity and how cheap it was. I was from Botswana the best we could eat everyday was chicken and occasionally beef. My thoughts were interrupted by a lady who asked if we wanted a table and she would cook for us, all we had to do was buy the sea-food.There was no resistance here; we were on a mission to have an adventure.We bought the assorted sea –food, crossed our fingers and gave it to the lady. We then took a short walk at the beach.It was not long until my stomach was rumbling, a sure sign that food was ready.

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ImageIndeed it looked scrumptious and tasted good too.Nightlife, well of course we didn’t eat all the time hahaha or maybe we did!

ImageCardoso hotel at the balcony looking at the beautiful city- scrape was a great dinning spot. The usual work out proceeded to coconut night club…you didn’t think Oumi and I would leave our dancing charm behind did you?

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Hahaha Dad said no twerking! But what my father was more interested in was the percussionist  who played the drums at the same time the Dj mixed house! It was a great night to remember.

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Our journey sadly came to an end, our work was done and we promised each other to visit Maputo again.

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