Roamancing Mozambique: Sights and Sounds of Maputo

One of the nicest things about Maputo, Mozambique is how sunny and close to the sea the city is. It was a pleasure just to get into the car with no destination in mind and take in the sights. With the weather warm and conducive to relaxation, sometimes we would just take a ride into, around or out of the city to see what we found.

 

Coconut water vendors in Maputo, Mozambique

Coconut water vendors in Maputo, Mozambique

 

It was not uncommon for us to start such a day with a fresh coconut juice. The most fun part of this was watching the vendor hack into a fresh coconut and seeing its juice spurt out of the top, before he stuck a straw into it and handed it to us through the car window. It was still cool from being inside the coconut, where the summer heat hadn’t got to it. It’s such a perfect drink for the hot weather too. No wonder the area is filled with so many palm trees. I loved looking at all the flora in the neighborhood, because it is so different from the kind we find here in Vancouver.

 

The tropical plant life in Maputo was fun to look at.

The tropical plant life in Maputo was fun to look at.

 

The kind of mood I found among the people in this city was generally relaxed. It seems hard to believe that a whole city can still function while most people are relaxed and cheerful, and yet that is the general sense I got in my interactions there. My unofficial tour guides for example, loved to have fun but were also hardworking art students and ambitious entrepreneurs that worked late into most nights. And the coffee shops were full of people shootin’ the breeze at all hours of the day. Perhaps it was because I myself was on vacation and not so stressed, but I found that the general environment of Maputo was one of general ease and relaxation. You never see anyone in a terrible rush. I’ve heard that other residents and visitors find this to be true about Maputo as well, and can’t really put their finger on why either.

 

La Dolce Vita, a popular cafe in Maputo, Mozambique.

La Dolce Vita, a popular cafe in Maputo, Mozambique.

 

Even though the city is quite commercialized, there are some pretty gorgeous sights to take in just driving or walking around. Being as there are so many roads that run near the coast, the sea is never far, and something about a big blue ocean view is so lovely. No wonder they advertise them for hotels and such. But I’ll quit rambling and just let you see for yourself.

 

A small lake in Boane, just outside Maputo

A small rivulet in Boane, just outside Maputo.

 

Okay, that’s not an ocean, but look at how blue it is! Even having seen it face-to-face it’s hard for me to believe the colour. I asked to stop the car so I could take a picture of this rivulet, because of how striking its colour was. It could not have been bluer if a child had coloured it with a crayon.

 

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Costa du Sol, a road running along the coast in Maputo, whose name literally translates to the “Sunshine Coast”.

 

Looking at these pictures again in the depths of a drizzly winter, I really do miss the sun and sea of Mozambique. I’m glad it’s always summer somewhere in the world. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. It almost brings out a sigh of relief to see a place so bathed in sun and warmth. I hope it does for you reading too. To summer! And travel. And cheating winter by going to the Southern Hemisphere in February. And using pictures of sunny days to get through the winter. To those of you that understand what I’m saying, We can do it! To those to whom I sound crazy, my apologies. But I hope you all enjoy the pictures.

Until next time, happy travels!

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    1. Maputo, Mozambique seems to be a place worth discovering. I like your photos.

      • Alyzee Lakhani says:

        Oh, thanks Laura. I took so many and hoped some would turn out good. Mind you it wasn’t hard some days, especially when views were so postcard-like to start with :)

    2. I could definitely use some sun as well and Mozambique looks like a beautiful place. I love watching sunning pictures as well during winter or while planning my next trip, it’s part of the fun.
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    3. Thanks for the comment Steafpeal. I am of course an expert on everything ;-) Glad you enjoyed the article!

    4. You’ve painted a very appealing picture of Mozambique as an excellent place to unwind…nothing like relaxing in the sun with fresh juice from a cool coconut! :)

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