Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hey Hey Hey Everyone!!! We arrived in Maputo safe and sound yesterday after a ridiculously long 17 and a half hour flight from Atlanta to Johanesburg!! First impressions of Maputo is that it is definitely a city of contrasts...from the extremely affluent to the extremely poor. Beautiful oceanside villas sit next to cramped shanty towns. Driving along the road from the airport I was struck by the poverty but also impressed by the cheerful nature of everyone we passed. No matter where I look around here everyone seems to be having a good time in their own way. Everyone tells me that Mozambicans LOVE to party and we certainly saw that first hand today. We spent the morning apartment hunting without any success (it was Sunday all and most of the contacts we had were not around!!) so we ended up spending the afternoon at the restaurant/bar of a friend of my project manager. This was my first introduction to Mozambican hospitality as we were treated to a copious amount of traditional Mozambican food (Mathapa is my favourite...spinich, crab meat, prawns served with rice. Amazing stuff!!) and the national beer, Luarentina. That definitely made the afternoon go by smoothly. We are currently staying at a pretty posh hotel while we find an appartment and it's crazy because I know that a Mozambican could feed their family for a week with the money that we're paying per night to stay here. Just one of the lessons on the value of money that I'm sure I'll learn while I'm here. Well that's it for now...I'll try and send some pictures next time so you can see this beautiful country and the people in it!

8 Comments:

Blogger Johnny Canuck said...

I definitely don't have all the answers, but I know that as long as people keep sharing ideas like this, the truth will eventually reveal itself and maybe it can make a difference somewhere.

I think this blog rocks! Keep up the good work, I've bookmarked it and will definitely swing by again soon.

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4:35 PM  
Blogger Big Roddy said...

Jared! Good to hear that you've arrived safe and have some access out there! I've got the first verson of the Going Away Jam down and will do some editing on it which might take a while. The Weight sounds stellar! I'll let you know soon. Watch out for snakes.

8:31 PM  
Blogger jpmozambique said...

Mom and Dad
We are so glad you arrived safe and sound. Did everything arrive with you?
Good luck with the apartment hunting. Look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing how your first week in Mozambigue unfolds. Love Mom and Dad

11:32 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hey Jared~ Sorry I couldn't make it to your going-away jam.....got some pretty heavy stuff going on right now.
Stay safe and take lots of pictures!!
Erin S.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how are you jared???it is me ana from portugal!!!!!!!how are you in your new aPARTMENT??your site is amuzing it is very funny!!!!!!miss you and christine a lot

bye

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Jassie Pretorius said...

Jassie
Jared
Great to hear you arrived safe. You must really enjoy your time and the weather. keep in touch and will see you just after Christmas

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i jared how are you??your site is pretty cool!!!!it is amuzing....i have read all your site not all of course but almost everything and i love it!!!!!so the things that you have been doing are incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!this year i was thinking to visit you and catherine ..........i ask to my father and my mother and i think on julhy i will go to canada to visit you:)but i will send you an e mail at the time!!!!!!!!!!!i hope that you enjoy mozambike a lot and that you learn to speak portuguese fast(kidind) bekasuse you will like the languaje !!it s a bit dificult but easy||!!!bye miss you a lot kisses to you and catherine

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oi oi!
Kristjanna here to say fantastic site and I am also looking forward to pictures. Particularily in the deep freeze of winter when we will need some green picturesque vues. Keep painting the truth behind the scenes with your words for us westerners. I look forward to learning more about Africa through your experience. Rawk out -blessings, kristjanna

11:24 PM  

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