Hot times in Tete
Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
149Trip End Dec 24, 2008
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From the border we take a minibus to the next major town, Tete. We get to Tete in the afternoon and its sooo hot, its a dry heat with a hot wind, the Lonely planet says its the hottest place in Mozambique.
Its a really kind offer, it would really help us out, but it could be scam. We take a risk and go in a taxi over to his house. Michael is the number one black market alcohol smuggler in Tete, his house is full of Gordon's gin, Morgans whiskey and 20 other types of spirits. He claims to have a source bringing it up from South Africa and he sells it on to all the bars and restaurants in Tete with a 50% profit.
We drop off our bags and walk to a local restaurant. Michael excuses himself to go outside and smoke and our minds go into overdrive. We've left everything we own in a strangers house we met in a bar and we're not sure where his house is and he's disappeared probably to ring his mates and tell them to get over and take the bags and now he's nowhere to be seen oh dear oh dear I think we've messed up. And then Michael comes back in and we sigh with relief.
After eating we go back to his house to find our bags are still inside the house and in fact he has a security guard sitting next to them, Albert from nearby Zimbabwe, Albert is Michael's friend and like most of the country he has been forced to leave Zimbabwe and look for work. Its a hot topic of conversation in this part of the world, according to locals and the press, Zambia's economy has been doing really well recently as they have been welcoming all the professional workers leaving Zimbabwe. While Malawi and Mozambique have been more hostile towards the better educated Zimbabweans migrating over.
Albert tells us he met Michael working in the bush at a crocodile farm. A huge farm that incubates and feeds 150,000 crocodiles, feeding them up with vitamins and proteins to slaughter them for the valuable skin which gets used for belts, shoes and bags in the western world. It sounds like a fascinating place to see, not an attraction you find in the Lonely planet and if we had more time a visit would have been on the cards.
We go out in the late afternoon for a drink and a game off pool, eat a typical Portuguese meal that looked like a children's party, it has cocktail sticks peppered all over it for some reason and went to bed, ready to get back up again at 3am.
love Dan & Kat