Maputo

Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
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Monday, March 21, 2005

Before traveling to Mozambique I was well aware that the war ended in the early 90's, but I was still shocked to see the aftermath. As we entered Maputo you could not miss it. In the middle of the down town buildings stood as there exterior crumpled. Not to mention the communities in general made South Africa's townships look like luxury housing. I have to admit, my first impression was far from good but the city grew on me.

It did not take long for us to get into a grove. The next morning we were on the streets bartering for a well deserved breakfast. For ex, after an hour of haggling with the locals we managed to get 6 eggs, yogurt, 1 tomato, 1 onion, 3 bananas, and bread for 2 Canadian dollars.

Maputo is full of character. Every 500m there is someone selling something. From fresh fruit to sea food. The streets are lined with beautiful tropical trees that cast a refreshing shadow over the +36c street. But, be careful not to get too caught up. It took me about 1 min to realize that pedestrians DO NOT have the right away. I am pretty certain they will actually accelerate when they see you J
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