Best of February 2017

Summer in Four Takes
I enjoy my summer holidays in four takes. The first one is when summer comes. I even used to celebrate its arrival by going to a nearby beach and toast. Things are different now. Sometimes, to celebrate, we have to have time to organize the celebration. Anyway, we still do different things when summer arrives to these southern shores.

The second coincides with Christmas and New Year. Usually, we go to a nice place like Ponta do Ouro or Inhambane. I suppose this is the central part of my summer.

The third is in February, when we usually travel to nearby Johannesburg. Right now, South Africa is a bit expensive to Mozambicans. I heard about a couple who stayed a week in Johannesburg and concluded that they had spend as much as in Europe. Anyway, we have been there and survived. Basically, we watched movies and went to good restaurants and shops. “Lion” is moving. “Manchester by the Sea” is painful. My favorite, so far, is “Arrival”. It’s different, in its kind, and has a very powerful message.

The fourth and last part of summer, still to come, is an escape – when time, weather and money conspire for it – to a nearby beach. It’s our summer goodbye.

Best of January 2017

Palm Trees
The palm trees of Inhambane, where I spent the first days of January 2017, are my pick for the first best of this year.

However, Inhambane is also about the bluest sea, the kindest people and the amazing food. They stand as tall as the tallest trees.

February 3

This is a country where festive days seem to multiply. Just a week ago I was in Chidenguele, up north, 270km away from the capital.

Chidenguele means the 3Fs (friends, family and food), plus the lagoon (where I had the courage to bath for the first time) and the beach (where I felt puzzled by the lodges that don’t clean the mess some visitors leave behind).

It was also very interesting to see: a secondary street used to train the road construction workers, the Chinese medicine sign in the middle of nowhere, someone recycling bottles (probably those left on the beach), the dogs, the man waving, the red cardinal and the fishermen in the twilight.

Best of 2016

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Hell and Paradise
Boyfriend and I were relieved to know about the cease-fire right before our road trip to Inhambane. Living in a country where an armed conflict is recurrent is like living in hell.

Once there, we had wonderful holidays, perfect weather and immense blue sea. I cannot tell you how many times I heard the word “paradise” referring to places we visited during our stay in Tofo, Tofinho and Barra beaches.

Best of December 2016

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Three Weeks
Christmas in Southern Africa means summer. I have three weeks for myself. I don’t intend to spend them in front of a screen.

However, my first free day was marked by a sad event. When we spend the days enjoying water & sun, it’s pretty easy to forget that phones are not water friendly.

I was advised to keep the phone in uncooked rice for three days. I think it’s more than that and I don’t have the courage to check if it’s working or not. I don’t feel positive. As we all know, when such thing happens it’s not the object itself but all the stuff we have been collecting over the years. A best with a dose of sour taste…