Outside the long glass walls you have a clear view of the parked aircrafts. Two of them are cargo planes, the smaller one owned by DHL. The other aircraft belongs to South African cargo. On the large parking lot there is just one passenger aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines which is waiting to be connected to an aero bridge. A very large and clear airport, perhaps a reflection of modern Africa is guarded by few security personals. None of them ask questions nor do they check identity. As a foreigner you might mistake them for private security guards. The officers in the immigrations are also perhaps imported from the corporate world and do not trust the idea of unless bullying.
Back in the city of Maputo humans have worked to keep up with vis majeur. Natural blue beaches and mortal creations are modern buildings and wide roads. You will need to struggle to spot a pot hole. But a rather expensive city. Hotels are hundred US dollar upwards. For a luxury hotel you will need to shell out between 200 to 300 US dollar. Taxis charge US dollar 15 for an hour. The city now has a new casino as well on the beach side. If you take a walk down the president’s palace towards water front, you would have an unbelievable view of the blue water on the left. There would be some luxury boats floating and some primitive fisherman boat with sails looking for winds to favor them. One or two massive ships might also be in sight sometimes with birds circling over for food.
A lot of tourist dressed in their Sunday’s best and the foreign residents would be striding up and down as if taking a health conscious walk. It seems to have a rippling effect wherein others end up getting health conscious as well. Road side make shift shops with locals selling crafts and locally designed clothes, they barely annoy by hard selling but rather always wear a fresh smile and would wave. With various restaurants to choose from to dine in and a walk down to the train station where my guide tells me that scenes where shot in the movie Blood diamond.
A toy train gets you into a city ride which stops at major attractions and my guide offered to give an insight into the old colonial days. Liberated as recently as in 1975, the man talks from memory. There isn’t bitterness nor a strong sense of injustice being done against as conditions were worst in the neighboring South Africa. Aparthid wasn’t practiced in its real sense with blacks allowed to live in the white areas with no infamous 6 PM deadlines to leave for the township as in the South Africa. The fight the guide explained was not against the whites but against the domination. With enough money coming into the country from tourists the locals have little to worry about. A white man on board is rather honest in telling that back in his days if a black man bought a ticket for a movie show, he would still be denied entry into the theater.
Whether you are talking a walk down the President’s palace or shopping at the market place or sailing to Inacha Island, Mozambique is a travelers paradise.
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