When we were living in Togo, Louise told me that either I had to buy her a donkey, or we had to move to Moz. Well, I love donkeys, but know that in that type of choices, there is only one good answer, and it was not the hi-han one. So, some months later, we moved to Mozambique, I was lucky enough to get a job for the same organization I was working for in Togo. So in 2008, we moved to Beira. a city at the end of a road, on the indian ocean. 5 years later, we are out of there, and moved to Harare, in Zimbabwe, which is great.
I still go to Beira, every second week, driving the 9hours between the cities, going from the mountains to the ocean, the cold to the heat, english-speakers to portuguese. A world of differences.
Every municipality in Moz recieved a wonderfull piece of art, a mini replica of the massive 20m high statue of Samora Machel in Maputo. Samora is dressed in his full guerilla regalia he liked, finger in the air, giving one of his many speaches. With Eduardo Mondlane, he created the FRELIMO and led the guerilla war against the colonial forces of the Portuguese. When the country became independent, he became president, embracing socialism, helping the anti-appartheid, anti-rhodesian movements, and starting economical reforms that brought his country to its knees. A plane he was travelling in crashed end of the 80s. Very interesting life, great leader skills, and now we are blessed with a golden statue of him, facing the city, and we have to find it beautifull and inspiring.
Market in Inhassorro,
The Gorongoza National Park is stunning, bird life, flaura, game, it is beautifull. Unfortunatly, the park is private, and turns into a luxury place. It is getting difficult to go there on a budget. This makes the place unaffordable for local middle class mozambicans, impossible to access for schools and groups. Long term creation of some conservation ideas among the local population should start with giving people access to wildlife, as South Africa is doing, not making it accessible only to foreigners or hunters. Anyway. Check www.gorongosa.org/
Beira to maputo is an 1:20 h flight. Beira-Tete-Maputo is a nice 5h journey. Round trips are LAM speciality. LAM, although its on the black list for the EU, has got some pretty decent planes, good inflight magazine (Indico) and not so bad staff. Definitively miles better than Airfrance or Luftansa staff. The only bug is that their domestic flights are never on time (although the management shows in every Indico a 90% on time flight statistics, I don't know how they produce those, probably using the institute that is also counting votes in Zim). And when they are on time, the route changes and add another 10 stops on the way, turning a one hour flight into a 10 hours tour of Mozambique.
Church in Inhaminga, same style as the one in Vila de Manica. Inhaminga is an interesting town, it was used by the rhodesian railways and the portuguese as their main workshop on that line, and thus a small city developped around the workshop, with sports clubs, management houses, water towers, swimming pools etc. All in the middle of the bush. Then independence came and then a bloody civil war. Inhamninga was behind the RENAMO lines and RENAMO forces maintained the workshop functionning. In 1992, the civil war ended, and when the central government took over the RENAMO government in the region, it took less than 6 months to have the entire workshop desintegrated, plundered and emptied of all metal. Now the workshop is only standing as concrete skeletton. There is no water in the city, roads and buildings are falling down. The city has died.
On that minuscule hut, in the middle of Chinculo, was written: Sou Eu Daniel Antonio Producos, Proibido Entrar cara estranha mais sim atende Moça. Don't think google translate will do a good job on that one. Haven't seen the guy, I would have loved to ask him if it worked, just to know.
That is my girl!