This morning, I spent some time exploring this beautifull city. I would describe Maputo’s atmosphere as a mixture of Mediterean and European. Fading colours are being restored. You feel that people want to restore her old glory. I have never been to Cuba, but some people call it Cuban. For me she is a city I had to get used to. It is my fourth time now to be here and this time I start to see how laid back and exotic she really is with long Avendida’s bordered with green Jacaranda trees. Love takes time 😉 Yesterday I spent some time wandering around the streets, of course after some good espresso’s in the early morning. Not hard to find by the way: each 50 meters you can find a bar with a small terrace with most propabely the best espresso in the world. Anyway. Around midday I saw a lot of smart dressed people near the Central Parc, drinking cola’s and eating banana’s. Near the entrance of Tunduro Garden (former Jardin Botanico) some Mozambiquans were frying meat, selling beers and lemonade (Laurentina and M2 are the local beer brands) and fresca’s. ‘Friday, saturday and sunday are wedding days’, a Mozambique-friend told me. In the few hours I spent chatting with the locals, I think every five minutes a couple was arriving, followed by singing friends and family. ‘My money is finished, now I come to you, my man’, one family was singing, while slowly grooving into the parc. I had to laugh. More than in my Western culture, a marriage has something to do with economics, taking care of the children, being able to pay their school fees. I made a short sound recording (partly in Dutch, sorry).
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