Bilene Beache

Trip Start Dec 29, 2011
Trip End Jan 02, 2012

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

Unfortunately, my time in Mozambique was coming to an end! Before starting this trip, there were two things I really really wanted to experience....the seafood and the beaches/surrounding islands! Due to logistics and time, we were unable to go to an island. I was slightly disappointed, but at least we were going to Bilene.
Bilene (on the shore of a beautiful scenic lagoon), is about a two and a half hour drive from Maputo and is the closest place to experience a beach day-trip. Judging by the long crawl of traffic, heading to the beach, it is a very popular destination! The only time I don't mind being stuck in traffic, is on it gives one the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere! Again, the long stretch of road, alongside the beach was scattered with unique bars and restaurants. Again, there were street vendors, trying to sell you all sorts of bits and bobs. Teenagers on quad bikes, weaving in and out of the traffic! Families driving open air trucks, with the kids in the back, soaking up the midday sun, without a care in the world! What a great lifestyle, I thought to myself!
Twenty minutes in, we had only moved a few meters. We then spotted a friend driving in the opposite direction, who told us to turn around and follow her. She said she knew of another beach, which wasn't so crowded and was more secluded! I would have personally preferred to continue on to our planned destination, as I'm sure the beach we were initially heading to, was packed.....ideal for people watching, one of my favourite past times, but we turned around and followed her. A twenty minute drive, took us to a remote was beautiful, tranquil, picturesque! White sand, blue far as the eye could see, with a scattering of what seemed to be perfectly positioned overturned rowing boats, adding to the whole scene. I know it's a cliche, but it actually looked like a picture out of a magazine! I took in the surroundings! It was beautiful and a great way to end, what had been a fantastic few days! Talking about beautiful...I meet two of the cutest girls ever and just had to take their photo, man could they strike a pose....vogue, vogue,vogue! 
I know I didn't make it to one of the islands, but as far as I'm concerned, this was as good as! Besides, it's just another excuse for me to come back!

So my time in Mozambique is over and I'm actually sad at having to leave! The only consolation is that I don't have to return to the harsh winter & gale force winds of the UK just I have another three weeks to lap up the sunshine in South Africa!  Happy days!
Ernest Hemingway -- "I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy".
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