Malaria Dreams

Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
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Flag of Mozambique  , Gaza,
Monday, November 8, 2010

Waking up it felt like I was sloshing around in a waterbed, the problem being I was sleeping in a tent. It had been raining torrentially for the past two hours and it felt like my tent was going to lift off the ground. The spot I had chosen to camp was nice and sheltered but also a in a low lying area. Nice for keeping the sun off of my tent for as long as possible in the morning but not such a good idea considering the nightly storms on the coast of Mozambique.

This was my second night in Xai Xai and last night's storm was even bigger than the first's. The days are hot with an incredibly strong sun rays before giving way to pleasantly breezy evenings. I guess we will find out if the storms are a nightly thing or if we just happen to be in a stormy segment of days. I've always loved sleeping in thunderstorms but being in a tent with lightening striking all around you isn't quite as relaxing as distant rolling thunder.

I arrived in Mozambique, entering through Kruger National Park into the boarding Parque National do Limpopo. This was our first "real" boarder crossing. By "real" I mean with that on this crossing we would have to face a potential language barrier, vehicle document inspection, and purchasing visas and third party vehicle insurance. While it was a little slower than previous crossings into Lesotho and Swaziland, it was painless and without any issues.

We spent our first night in Covane Community Lodge, a dusty secluded place on the banks of Lago Inhampavala. It was there that we had our first experience with Mosquitoes and a warning from the host about walking around the campground at night because of scorpions and Black Mambas. Yep, the realities of Africa are setting in. I've started taking the anti-malarial pills that I will be on for the next 8 or so months. I'm not taking Malaria lightly as I have heard several horror stories about it, but talking to locals wonder about it. People say they have had it once or they think they had it and took the medicine and it went away. I was able to purchase the cure for the price of 4 days of the prevention (which isn't 100% effective).

They guys want to go to another beach town just a bit south of Maputo. I'm thinking about having them drop me off in town and spend some time there. Beaches are nice but I'm getting bored. I haven't been to a city since leaving Cape Town October 1st. I wouldn't mind wandering around on my own some.

Update....Now in Maputo for the next several days. It is nice to be in a city for a change, just to walk around, see people, .....if I only spoke Portugese. As much pizza as I ate in Europe, I don't think I've had any in Africa. I'm eating it for breakfast at the Pizza House Internet Cafe. On our way down from Xia Xia we got our first speeding ticket in a speed trap. Luckily, all you do is pay the fine (just under $30 USD) and continue on. The police in Mozambique are known for taking bribes, but this was a pretty cut and dry. They say to pay all fines at the police station but they were holding Darren's license so changes of ever getting it back were slim. I have a hard time believing we were speeding at the moment but they showed us a picture with the speed of 69 KPH in a 60 zone so there wasn't much to argue.
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Lots of native Africans are resistant to malaria...it's their sickled cells. I guess that is the only good thing about having Sickle Cell Anemia. Take your medicine!

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