Marine Sanctuary

The weather is changing from winter to summer. Yesterday, during the afternoon walk, I heard about a cold front for the weekend. It must be the last one. It’s Thursday and I wear short sleeves. Maybe I shouldn’t… I’ve just heard Andy sneezing outside!

It was a little bit hard returning to work after the long weekend in Ponta do Ouro. I enjoyed watching the dolphins and whales. The dolphins are resident but the whales are seasonal. They cross the southern winter sea, just a little below the horizon, right in front of the house where we were staying.

I told the owners they had constructed that house in front of a marine sanctuary. I wasn’t being nice. It’s the truth, confirmed by the semi-rigid boats from the diving schools visiting the spot all day long. People love a sincere compliment. To tell another truth, I returned with dark circles from spending hours with binoculars attached to my eyes.

Best of July 2015

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French Kissing in Macaneta
My best of July should simply be our very short trip to Macaneta: watching the sunset, having dinner and waking up early to witness the sun rising above the Indian Ocean. We left on the 12th and returned the next day. The road is fantastic, especially if compared with what it used to be. Even though there were signs of progress on the construction of the bridge to link Marracuene village to Macaneta beach, we still had to use the ferryboat.

Regretfully, the sunset was nice, the dinner was horrendous and the sunrise was icy. The previous afternoon I had the courage to splash in the water, but the next morning was deadly cold. Later we discovered plenty of blankets on the chalet, but it was too late. The place where we stayed is only remarkable for the views. The rest is unacceptable.

Disappointed, we left for a new lodge, thinking about brunch or lunch. I opened the menu and was pleasantly surprised. In the middle of nowhere, French cuisine! French music and French welcome too… This is a delightful place to live, full of contrasts.

At 6am

The above greyish picture is Maputo at 6am. Maputo is a beautiful African city, with the advantage of offering quick access to places such as Ponta do Ouro, where we can enjoy really special time.

This is me at 6am, while crossing the ferry to Ponta do Ouro.

This is me the next morning, shortly after 6am, watching dolphins (with African dogs Sandy and Ricco) from the balcony of the house where we stayed at Ponta do Ouro. If I could describe those days with a single word, I would probably say: water!