World cruise 2013

Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Monday, April 8, 2013

On our 87th day we docked at Mozambique's capitol and largest city Maputo, waiting in line for the shuttle to the city with a large group of people, when someone said that for $20.00 each we could take a on off vehicle built like a train. So rather than stand in the hot sun we hopped on the open cars. We crawled through the most horrendous traffic to a square bordered by a beautiful old train station with a statue of liberty in the center and the Fortaleza Maputo’s oldest building on one side. Until recently Maputo residents had no electricity or running water, but there have been dramatic improvements. Not far away is the IRON House (Casa Do Ferro) built of iron by Gustav Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame, in the 19th century for the colonial Governor’s Mansion, but the climate was not suited to a heat conducting building so a replacement was hastily built. As we passed by the structure we saw a number of A/C units hanging from the windows, but they are probably for the office workers using it now. We passed by the Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens, designed by British ex-pat Thomas Honney and is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of this city. We didn’t get off, instead went to Independence Square a very large area with a large statue of Samora Machel (1933-1986) the independent nations first president. This African country has seen a great deal of unrest from the Portuguese through communist leanings to the present state of relative peace. Walking around the square taking pictures we saw very modern appearing people to woman carrying large objects on their heads. Next we rode through a very fashionable area with modern hotels and beautiful private homes some overlooking the Indian Ocean. Our last stop was at a outdoor market with very colorful paintings and fabrics along with beautiful wood carvings. Back on the ship we had a cup of tea and since we were unable to find a Wi Fi spot to publish the blog we caught the shuttle this time and went to another large market only there was a hotel nearby and asked the clerk if we could use their service. He was a young man and said it was only for guests with a proviso that it was very slow, but finally he said ok. We published the blogs with two women from the ship that were also looking for the internet, they finished before us, but we again saw them on the shuttle back to the ship. On the ship we had dinner and saw a movie, "I dream of Africa" a very entertaining movie neither Mary Ann or I had seen this movie, but if you haven’t seen it we think you’d enjoy it.
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