Best of June 2008



This was a month of personal learning and achievements. When the last days of June were still rolling in, Paul and I decided it would be nice to realize a dream we had: spending some time in a small beach hut, so close to the water that we can properly say that our front yard is the sea.


That meant returning to Macaneta for the third time in a row. We had been there three weeks ago, when I still was able to swim. This last time we were startled by the weather: it was pretty windy and cold! As always, I had to learn it the hard way. After a long afternoon walk, I was too exhausted and slept with a wet sarong for a while. As an obvious consequence, I had to deal with a mild cold.


There are no words to describe how it is to wake up so near to the sea. Due to the experience, we are now planning to discuss with the owner of the lodge the possibility of building our own beach refuge in our favorite spot. That’s how small dreams give way to medium size dreams.


I also leave here a few summarized thoughts from our last summer (very wintry like!) expedition: 1) We must be ready both for winter and summer conditions when beach traveling during June, July, August and September. 2) If we want to avoid weekends, we must leave Tuesday or Wednesday and return Friday. We got no thrill out of crowded spaces. If you are in Mozambique, ten people feels already like too many. If we liked crowds, we would be in Cascais or Saint Tropez. 3) It is wise to take notes of the existing facilities in different lodges, so that in the future we can be more prepared. 4) We strongly feel that some of the lodge personnel don’t have proper training and there is also the question of all the trash left behind by uneducated weekenders. 5) My “photographing attacks” during beach adventures are not pure narcissism, but a reaction to the irresistible tones and shades created by the light. 6) Macaneta people are learning the meaning of tourism, thought it’s a shame the lack of organization and support. It’s heartbreaking to see children soyoung like two dancing on the sides of the road. Besides dancing children, Macaneta offers a wide variety of local attractions like river, beach, rural settingsfishermen, painters, woodcrafters, cashew-nut sellers, guitar players, and a few more – all making a living out of the occasional generosity of tourists. Where else in the world would you find a public toilette sign like this? Despite a little faded, it’s still possible to notice the “oooooo!” of the user.


Anyway, a best is still a best. Hopefully, the hut house is going to be still available when the next summer comes!