Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Tofo Mozambique & Nels SA (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 77, Saturday 5th December until Friday 11th December 2015.
Portuguese word of the week: “Café”, meaning “Coffee”, as in I love a Coffee and a Muffin when In SA.
Look at the size of that muff.
Happy B’day on December 5th to Nico and 10th to Sigrida…
Saturday. I noticed a small bird just sitting around not flying or making noise like the others. I approached the chick which didn’t make a run for it. I put a finger out and he/she hopped on the end so I put the little one high up out of harm’s way. I have looked about hiring a car for the visa run next week, but it’s a lot more expensive than I thought. Therefore it looks like Patrick and I will be on the fatties bus and chappa. Started work on a large sign that will go on the beach. Emmm had the traditional Saturday Brancos.
I pulled a bird and i liked it.
Sunday: I noticed that small bird was in Liquids backyard again. Once again I put the chick up high and kept an eye on it for was long as possible. However after a while I couldn’t see it anymore, hope its ok. I carried on with my sign making, I’m not a sign writer and it shows. Around midday we were told we could go home. The early afternoon ended up involving an unexpected walk on the beach seeing a number of Jelly fish who had been washed up, which makes me sad. Visited the Tofinho monument with Patrick because he plays an on-line game, the monument has been used as a portal (I don’t really understand). Had a lovely shower in the garden and then a nap, what a great way to spend a Sunday.
Monday, was my day off. Spent the morning painting a picture for my sister-in-laws b’day on the 10th. Our tickets for the bus to Maputo tomorrow morning have been bought. I have packed up my little house as in a few days I move to Chris for a month. Skyped with SAZ and the kids. Patrick and I had our first home made meal together, well we share the same kitchen after all.
Tuesday. Such a long day, the bus picked us up at about 04.15 we only had one break just over half way through the trip arriving at Maputo about 13.30. A cab driver wanted to take us to the border for 2500mets each, we politely refused. Once on the chappa we sat there and watched the world go by, with people constantly trying to sell us everything apart from the kitchen sink. These small buses only leave when full, this meant we waited nearly 3 hours. Getting through the border was easiest part of the day arriving in Nels about 22.30, Jari then picked us up.
The Fatties bus, its as uncomfortable as it looks.
Wednesday was cinema day. New James Bond “Spectre” made London look shiny. “The Hunger Games, Mockinjay Part 2”, was too long but really enjoyed it. “Peanuts the Movie” was fun. We ended the day with an unknown “Bus 657” I have to say it’s a good film really glad I saw it. I eat so much popcorn that I had to top it off with a Wimpy.
People trying to sell everything and anything in Maputo.
Thursday. Was the shopping day, but first we hiked up a steep hill in very hot temps to see the football shaped water tank that overlooks the city. The view over Nels really was breath taking bet it’s pretty at night. After a cab ride down the hill, the shopping commenced I just got essentials sun cream and bug spray stuff like that. I had to visit Mug & Bean to use there Wi-Fi, oh and have a coffee. However straight after this we ended up in McD’s, eating a patty of cow in a bun really is so nice, even though I feel guilty. We visited a number of shops because Patrick needed a fan, which meant we were hot due to the scorching sun so we ended up drinking ice cold beer outside while waiting for the cab.
It was worth the trek up the hill.
Friday after a very quick brekkie our ride home arrived. Michael Moye picked us up in his lovely car with air con. After stopping for some shopping we left Nels and headed for home. There was one thing that made us laugh all the way home, a religious book shop in Nels called “CUM”, it just makes me laugh thinking about it. The border was busy we waited in traffic on the SA side for nearly 2 hours, getting through the Moz side was quick and easy. We took the gravel road which took its toll on the car resulting in a large puncture. Luckily Patrick knows what to do and got dirty doing it with help from a local man. Michael and I watched as there wasn’t much we could do. We found that there was a tyre shop further on along our route; we just reached them before they closed. We really were lucky all of this could have happened in the middle of nowhere. Even with this delay we made good time. Everyone took time behind the wheel, during my stint we got pulled over. The police officer told me I was doing 70 in a 60 zone and wanted us to look at the speed camera. I definitely wasn’t speeding the guys backed me up, we stood our ground. After about 5 minutes we were eventually told to leave, this proves that they didn’t have any evidence and that it was a scam as surly they wouldn’t have let us go. We reached home at 22.30.
The Three Stoogies, Michael, Patrick and Mo.
It’s been a good trip but I’m so glad to be home, I don’t have to think about the visa run for another month.
Queue to get out of SA.
In other news this week, note to self, don’t buy very cheap flip flops from the market, that last less then 5 days.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have been watching: “Doctor Who: “Face the Raven”, (Season 9/35, eps 10), “Extant”, (Season 1, eps 9), “Olympus Has Fallen”, (2013), “Tron Legacy”, (2010), “The Matrix”, (1999), “Spectre”, (Bond 25) (2015), “The Hunger Games, Mockingjay part 2”, (2015), Peanuts The Movie”, (2015), “Bus 657”, (2015).
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (05 & 06/12/15), “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (09/12/15), “Morrissey”, “The Cure”, “Shed Seven”.
Reading: ” The Bees”, by Laline Paull, “Knit One, Kill Two”, by Maggie Sefton, “Morrissey List of the Lost”, by Morrissey and “A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.