Thursday, September 15, 2005


When it comes to public trasportation in Mozambique, the chapa is king. These overloaded vans shuttle people in everywhich direction throughout Maputo, trumpetting their presence with constant horn blasts. The vans are designed to carry a maximum of 12 but passengers are sandwhiched into these boxes on wheels in astonishing numbers. Sort of like mobile sardine cans. On one particularly crowded trip from work this week I counted no less then 18 passengers!! The extremely cramped quarters, mixed with the pungent aromatic blend of body odour and exhaust, left a lasting impression. But there is something endearing about the chapa ride at the same time. Whether it's the boisterous doorman, hanging out the window and hollaring at potential passengers, or the highly energetic Mozambican pop music blarring from the speakers, the chapa is a true slice of Africa. And the price of the whole experience? A whopping 15 cents!!

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am delighted by your discoveries and the way you express them. Keep on going with this positive attitude.

Cheers!

Pierre MMF

10:13 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jared, I love reading your stories about the people you are meeting and the experiences you are having. The way you describe them, together with the pictures, almost makes me feel like I am there with you. Keep it up.

Love Dad

11:59 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jared, as much fun as you're having out there, I still hope to go pick up your foosball table soon. ;) Keep it real.

10:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jared;
I am sure enjoying reading your current experiences down there...
Thank You..
Grammie xoxox

11:35 a.m.  
Anonymous Christal said...

Hey Jared!
It sounds like you're having an awesome time over there! No Malaria yet I hope! he he he... just joking! well, I'm so glad you're enjoying yourself and experiencing such amazing things. Keep up with the pictures and messages, they're fascinating to read and look at! Paul says Hi and hopes you've picked up a bit more Portuguese from when you left home! Stay safe and have fun! - christal-

10:15 p.m.  
Blogger Lazy in Ottawa said...

Where are the stories of you sitting on the beach getting drunk and eating seafood till you barf.

Where, Jared, Where

10:44 p.m.  

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