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I have many news that will evolve in longer posts at some point, internet conection permitting

1. Maputo is food-wise the new Lima: fusion but not confusion. Portuguese + African + Indian. Loads of seafood. Extremely affordable prices.
2. I have a local friend, Nuxa, who invited me to her cousins university graduation where I was the only foreigner. I ate nice local food and partied with them. I even saw traditional African dances. An elderly woman at the party lectured me on why I should marry in Mocambique.
3. I have two Spanish friends, Almudena and Mariola with whom I partied till the wee hours on Friday. I ran into them on “Mao Tse-Tung” with “Kim Il-Sung”. I find bemusing the fact that most streets in Maputo are named after some communist leader. Also bemusing that sewage seldom have a cover, meaning that I nearly broke my leg twice already.
4. I am also settled in the village. But life in the village should be another post I reckon, so much to tell.

Pictures of Clams Spanish style, prawns bought in the fish market and freshly cooked on the spot for little money, me in the ferry crossing over the Maputo and African graduation party

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Layover in Nairobi

Although I have loads to say about Mozambique, let’s get the Kenya post out of the way – I will report on Maputo next weekend.

I had a 12-hour layover in Nairobi so I rented a car a went for a stroll around. Those who know me and my driving skills will not be surprised to hear that my rent-a-car idea caused me my first African bribe success story. Unfortunately, I cannot make the juicy details public here as I am not most proud of what happened.

Downtown Nairobi is chaotic and not too pretty. The climate is extremely pleasant – they are at some altitude so it is not so hot. The city surroundings are beautiful. Their people friendly and their airline as good as most US or European carriers in my opinion.

A few photos: an orphan elephant being fed in the Elephant Orphanage, me with a pygmy hippo in Nairobi National Park and my KQ746 to Harare and Maputo.

Orphan Elephant

Pygmy Hippo

Nairobi Airport

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