Wednesday, August 8, 2007

"Did you sleep well?"

"I'm surprised I'm still alive."

That's how Lara answered me after our first night sleeping in Mozambique. After 24 hours on three airplanes with 150 pounds of luggage in tow, we found ourselves on a new continent struggling to communicate in a language with which we'd only made the briefest acquaintance. Luckily, this is where we came first:

Villas das Mangas (Mango Villas) in Maputo. This is a picture of the courtyard, which all of the rooms open up to. It's right off the main street, and easily accessible to the rest of the city. It's here that we first met Troy Moon, the administrator for the district of Zambezia. He's just finished a fellowship and moved up from Tulane University in New Orleans. Also staying at the Villas das Mangas is our Portuguese instructor Olivia Manders, without whom we'd be completely lost. The day after we arrived, we had 8 (count 'em, eight) hours of Portuguese class. "Gostaria em conhecelo a capita Francesa, a pirata dos setes mares." Translation to follow.

So, as far as we can tell, Mozambican cuisine doesn't exist. It may be that we are patronizing the same restaurants as the other expatriates, but all the food seems to be tropical versions of American fare. For instance, at Mundo's I had the Hamburger Havao (hawaiian). Big grilled patty, toasted bun, sauteed onions, and a slice of pineapple. Not too bad.

Maputo is a large, sleepy city. There are tons of people, and it's right on the water. All the embassies, government buildings, and NGOs are located here, but they still can't manage to keep even the sidewalks free of potholes.

We're headed to Quelimane today, which should look very different. We'll post more pictures as we get them. Tchau!

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Blogger Grannie Frannie said...

So glad to hear you made it safe and sound. Your sleeping quarters look very fancy with the swimming pool and all. Somehow, I don't think Qualamane will be quite as fancy. No make-up sounds nice just be sure and bath. Be safe. Prayers everyday, we love you. Grannie

August 9, 2007 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger BobSelph said...

Hope things are still going well! I have contacted a friend in S Africa to find out how to ship things to you in an economical and efficient way. Keep us posted on your adventure. Uncle Bob

August 12, 2007 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

The picture looks like a place I would enjoy staying, but I'm sure it's not that nice where you are now. You haven't spoke of the weather yet. I hope it's better than here 100's for about 7 days now, but we do have airconditioning. Stay safe. Love, Mom

August 14, 2007 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger steveharvey said...

Bathe. Are you kidding me? Sorry I missed your last gig at Capalano's, and sorry I missed you both before you left. We've been on vacation. I saw Stanton at the river last weekend. We talked about his new roommate. Can't wait to hear all your stories. Uncle Steve

August 18, 2007 at 7:13 AM  

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