Early buses & Crooked cops

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
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Trip End Nov 01, 2012


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Amakthini Guesthouse

Flag of Mozambique  , Nampula,
Sunday, January 1, 2012

Upon doing a little bit of traveling in Mozambique there are two things that strike you immediately. Firstly, somebody decided it was a good idea that all buses should leave at 4am.

Secondly, the police are as bent as a butchers hook. They must spend all of their day searching for foreigners and asking for their passports. If you do not have it with you, you must pay a fine, if you do have it with you they will try and tell you that there is something wrong with it, and...yep you must pay a fine. We have had days having to show our passports on 4 different occasions.

Police and buses aside, Ilha de Mozambique was really lovely and we spent our time wandering around the town with its colonial Portuguese architecture. 

Another observation on Mozambique is the cost of living. It is much more expensive than anywhere we have been so far and I heard it very cleverly summed up as - Mozambique, Western prices, African standards.

To help keep costs to a minimum we took to buying our own fish off the beach and have our hostel cook it up for us. Red snapper, Parrot fish and Octopus were all on the menu.

After three nights and plenty of fish we spent 10 hours heading north to our original destination of Pemba.
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