What a Lovely Train Station

Trip Start Sep 29, 2010
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Trip End Nov 29, 2011


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Mozambique, a place I have been looking forward to getting to for some time, mostly because of the (relative) cold of South Africa in general, and Johannesburg in particular.  I arrived here after a 10 hour overnight journey from Jo'burg.

What first strikes you about this town is the calm, serene and pretty nature of its streets.  Sure there are third-world style concrete housing blocks (although this was possibly the most built up of the poorer African cities I had visited – for poorer, read not Namibia or South Africa), but the streets are lined with trees, there are pavements and there is very little waste and litter strewn across the place.  There are also some very pleasing colonial-era buildings scattered about town.  The Portuguese built an attractive city here.

The pièce-de-résistance is the town’s train station.  It is a classic piece of architecture which is, gladly, well-maintained.  Throughout this continent, there are examples of what the Europeans left behind in the form of grand colonial buildings.  Almost without exception, these have been left to decay so that they take on a faded, crumbling appearance.  And there is charm to that.  But it is also pleasant to see such an example in a nurtured state.

I left here after two nights.  The north of this country is what I really want to see.
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