Blogs from Mozambique, Africa - page 2


Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Inhambane May 31st 2015

First, I’ll give the basic run down of my week and then we’ll talk about some of the more existential stuff, that’s the fun part anyway. My week is pretty structured for not having a formal schedule or anything. Since I can’t sleep with all this friggin sunlight (hey, I’ve almost only ever worked night shifts, even before I was a nurse) I get up between 6 something and 7 something every morning, even without an alarm clock. My bucket bath in the morning is a great eye-opener and by the time I’m done with that I *almost* don’t need coffee… almost… This week was the first actual week of work since Dr. Arlindo (the director of CoH) was back from Maputo (the capital) and the three missionaries were in the office. Actually, I think only ... read more
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Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Inhambane May 24th 2015

Ok, I had to work offline since I don't have much internet here, so I made a pdf for the first blog. Subsequent ones won't be in the same format and will just be posted here after I make them in rich text format. This file was just way too big and took at least 20 mins to upload. :/ Enjoy! --Josh read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo March 23rd 2015

Dans le bulletin précédent j'ai écrit à quel point on avait profité du calme reposant de Tofo. Bon, la plage et le repos dans le hamac ça me va bien 5 minutes mais pour en profiter au maximum, il faut bien se fatiguer avant ... Et pour ça il y a les plongées ! Même traitement qu'ne Afrique du sud pour le départ dans le zodiac dans les vagues et c'est parti ! La première fois que j'ai entendu parler de Tofo, c'était lorsque je travaillais en Australie, et ça m'avait été présenté comme étant la mecque des raies manta géantes et des requins baleine. 4 ans plus tard, je suis finalement dans cette région du globe pour vérifier ça de mes propres yeux ! Pas de chance, il semblerait que depuis quelques semaines les requins ... read more
Raie manta
Banc de raies mourine (cownose rays)
Requin leopard qu on a derange...

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo March 22nd 2015

Bon, mon voyage au Mozambique commence à dater mais il n'est jamais trop tard pour bien faire et finalement parler de ce magnifique petit coin qu'est Tofo. Le paradis se mérite tout de même et il aura fallu affronter les dédalles administratifs pour obtenir le visa avant de se mettre en route en bus pour traverser la frontiere entre l'Afrique du Sud et le Mozambique. Direction Maputo pour une petite escale puis Tofo ! J'imaginais bien que le voyage serait long mais je suis loin du compte. Entre Maputo et Tofo j'ai passé 10h avec un petit garçon sur les genoux tellement le minibus était bondé. Il y a quelques années je prenais des bus pendant 30 heures ou plus et je m'en remettais bien mais il faut croire que j'ai tout de même vieilli ! ... read more
Repas maison !
Dunes de Praia de Tofo
Notre jardin

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Inhambane August 30th 2014

Our first anniversary was nearing, and my husband couldn't be more excited to plan a trip to make sure we have a memorable one. However he couldn't keep it a surprise and decided to make a joint decision to zero in on the destination. The options were Botswana (Okavango Delta), Zambia (Victoria Falls) and Mozambique (beach destination). We had already discussed that the place would be unusual where hardly anyone we know would have been. The choice was made soon, Mozambique it was (A Southeast African country). We chose to stay at the Water Chalets in a low profile place called Inhambane in Southern Mozambique. We had a choice of staying at one of the islands within Mozambique however the idea of staying in a water chalet attracted us more and hence we chose the latter. ... read more

Africa » Mozambique July 24th 2014

Inhambane, Mozambique 22 July: We started our journey early to get from South Africa to Mozambique. We first stopped at a grocery store as there would be no place once we reached in Mozambique. After, it was about five minuets to the border. Our guide took us up to the visa counter where a nice gentleman helped us. We had to fill in paperwork, have a picture taken, finger prints done and money paid. Our guide warned us that I normally takes 2-3 hours. However, today we were supper luck and 16 of the 20 who needed visas, were done in an hour! Then the truck was off for the long journey to our campsite along the coast. The journey seemed never to end with a only a couple of bathroom stops and a quick lunch ... read more

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos April 4th 2014

A taste is all we have time for now, with barely a week left before we would fly out of southern Africa. The trip from Nelspruit to Maputo was uncomfortable, a five hour haul with our knees wedged into the back of the seat in front of us, a stranger’s shoulder pressed firmly against my own, our packs across our laps, and the smell of 16 sweaty people crammed into a minivan. Nonetheless, this travel served such an interesting lesson on how certain parts of the world work, that I wouldn’t have changed a thing. During the five hour trip, we were pulled over at five or six different police checkpoints. Though maybe these checkpoints do have some larger macro function for law enforcement, at the micro scale, they are an opportunity for the police officers ... read more
Benguerra Island in the National Park
View of Low Tide towards the mainland from Magaruque Island
Daniel and I making our way up the dune on Bazaruto

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Vilanculos November 15th 2013

Firstly, apologies that I have not recorded a travel blog for well over a month- life here has been amazing over the last month and a half, but also very busy! I left Baobab on the 29th September to move into a beautiful apartment near the beach, with Francisco. He has also brought over some lovely pieces of furniture- most of them made by him- and we have loved creating a temporary home here for a couple of months! I can’t believe how quickly the time is going, and that I’ll actually be back in the UK in a few weeks for my Christmas visit, before returning to Vilankulos again in January. I feel extremely lucky to have discovered this wonderful community, as well as having the stunning beach on my doorstep, and teaching here is ... read more
Dogs with me on the beach
Me with the lovely dogs from our apartment
Saturday afternoon at the beach

Africa » Mozambique » Southern November 14th 2013

Heading south again we entered Mozambique at the Zobue border post hoping that our visa’s were in order, which they were but we had to wait whilst our Australian colleagues this time (not the Swiss) obtained theirs which seem to take an age - ‘but this is Africa’, we have heard that saying so much that we were repeating it now! You did not have to find a bank to get your monies exchanged as at most of the border crossings locals with huge wads of money were trying to make some more - not sure whether we got good rates or not but it was quite easy to change the multitude of currencies we had. We were now used to the Pula in Botswana, the Kwacha in Malawi, the Zambian Kwacha which was different to ... read more
River crossing
along the way
Children's playground campsite!

Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Tofo October 13th 2013

I was going to spend the whole of the next day and night and the following day on the road and so I wanted an early night but due to the heat and the mozzies I got around an hour’s kip!. The next day I caught the Pathfinder bus to Bulawayo at 07:00 which arrived at 13:00. The journey commenced with a prayer and then a song about God!! It seems religion is a big thing over here and they are intent on ramming it down the throats of everyone else!! I couldn’t complain too much though as Chris Brown followed at full blast. I then had a wander round Bulawayo for a couple of hours and I never saw another whitey and everybody was staring at me, it was interesting! After lunch I headed off ... read more
At the border to enter South Africa
Downtown Maputo

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