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// APRIL 2017
Where there is a will, there is a way
Mutare
Vilankulo
Maputo
Maputo
Pemba
Ibo Island
Pemba
Mozambique Island
Maputo
Ila de Magaruque
Vilankulo
Nacaroa
Nampula
Komatipoort

Ibo Island


3rd of May
Unbelievable!!! We chartered an aircraft… ha ha ha

We enjoyed a super breakfast, served to us on the veranda, 



and then we left for the airport. 
We flew over the Archipelago Quirimbas with a Chesna (flight duration 30 minutes).
 


While flying above Archipelago Quirimbas_a cultural and natural heritage in northern Mozambique, which consists of 31 islands stretching south from Cape Delgado for approximately 200 miles.
These islands, running along the coast, are partly linked to the coast by sand bars, coral reefs, mangroves and water rich in marine life _ we enjoyed unique pictures that only the tide in the Indian Ocean can paint.

 We landed on a grassy airstrip.



Mr. Wilmbo from Zimbabwe, who works at Ibo Island Lodge, was waiting there for us. 

After having crossed a part of the city by car, we arrived at the lodge, left the vehicle there and went out for a walk, so as to explore the little roads of the village. Through Mr. Wilbo’s narratives, we had a glimpse of Mozambique’s and Africa’s history.


Wilmbo’s stories
 


Ibo Island used to be an old Portuguese colony with pre-colonial Swahili settlements.
The site is an outstanding illustration of the phases of a particular culture that brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.

The stories about the slave markets, the Arab merchants, the Portuguese conquerors, the French tiles, which were used as ballast in the French ships that were carrying slaves, the ruined buildings, along with the sun and the breeze that were surrounding us, were creating a colorful and fascinating kaleidoscope.    

 


We saw ruins, forts and government buildings.
We saw some Muslim ladies too_ some of them dressed in the traditional Arabic way and some others in the traditional African way.
In the Cinquo Porteras Hotel, we saw a baby antelope too.
In that place we were told not to take photos of the flags though, for some reason.
Next, we saw goats and sheep and some beautiful kids that stole our hearts…

 


A peppermint candy

A little girl, no older than five, dressed with a white dress and barefoot, appeared suddenly and approached us. Christos gave her a mint candy, but the little girl kept following us.
She didn’t try to touch us or to say anything. She was simply holding tightly the candy in her palm and was walking behind us.

After a while, I took the candy from her hands, I unwrapped it and put it inside her mouth.
She was just staring at me.
She didn’t know what to do with the candy.
I showed her.
She understood…

 

 

She was following us under the scorching sun for a while, until Mr. Wilmbo told her to get back. He sent her to her mother, because he was afraid she could be lost… The child was too far away from home…

We saw buildings that were being renovated, we met Joao, the living legend of the island and we met ladies with their faces painted with the characteristic white beauty powder of the area.

We passed by traditional street markets, shops, mills, clubs and we saw silversmiths, who were working skillfully with their materials.

Sadly, we discovered historic files of the last decades thrown in the large fortress of the island…

 


 

We saw the abandonment in the dirty and damaged roads, but we also saw the hope in the eyes of the children. ​

Fascinated and overwhelmed by all the things we had watched and listened for hours, we eventually returned to the Lodge, where we had some rest, ate, explored and enjoyed every single corner of it, till late in the afternoon, when it was time to fly back to Pemba.  

 

Country: Mozambique
Date: 2017
Route: Mozambique
Cities: Mutare, Vilankulo, Maputo , Maputo, Pemba, Ibo Island, Pemba, Mozambique Island, Maputo
Duration: 8
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Population: 28.830.000
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Country: Mozambique
Date: 2017
Route: Mozambique
Cities: Mutare, Vilankulo, Maputo , Maputo, Pemba, Ibo Island, Pemba, Mozambique Island, Maputo
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Population: 28.830.000
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Country: Mozambique
Date: 2017
Route: Mozambique
Cities: Mutare, Vilankulo, Maputo , Maputo, Pemba, Ibo Island, Pemba, Mozambique Island, Maputo
Duration: 8 days
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Population: 28.830.000
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