Of Pirates and Portuguese

February 18, 2014, Nampula – Ilha de Moçambique

First we made school while my father worked with Sinezia. After that we went shopping. My dad had to stay in the car so that nothing got stolen. At the place we went shopping there were many people who asked us for money.

After that we were very hungry and we bought some yummie bread at a small shop 8it wasn’t as good as my dad’s bread, though). Then we drove until we came to a bridge which didn’t have a lot of road on it. It was very long and when another car came we had to go on the side when there was a bay. We drove on an island and searched for a hotel that we liked and we went to the first one after we had looked at many rooms. In the restaurant we saw the stars for the first time in a long while. But in the night it rained again.

Matti

"a bridge with not a lot of road..."

„a bridge with not a lot of road…“

February 19, 2014, Ilha de Moçambique

Today in the morning we searched for a place to eat breakfast, somebody wanted to show us a place to eat breakfast but it did not work (he did not even speak Portugese) sp we sent him away and went to Villa Sands. There we ate a little breakfast. After breakfast we swam in the pool (I learned salto( and then we had siesta. After siesta we walked throu town and bought a ginormous crab (we named it Kurt). Then we brought Kurt to a resurant and let him be cooked there. We also ate him there, he was delicious. Then we went to bed.

Moritz

spotting our laundry on a roof

spotting our laundry on a roof

Ilha

Ilha light

the charm of decay

the charm of decay

the fort

the fort

SUNset - not a drop of rain

SUNset – not a drop of rain

Meet Kurt

Meet Kurt

Promenading with Kurt

Promenading with Kurt

Kurt's last evening with us

Kurt’s last evening with us

February 20, 2014 Ilha

After getting up early, we got on a D’hau, which is a ship without keel and not the best sailsistem and sailed to an island called Goa. There we all got sunburned, got kilos and kilos of shells and enjoyed the sea. There were little bays full of crabs, but they all ran away from us. For lunch we had what was left of th 20 breads we’d bought in the morning for breakfast. When we sailed back to Ilhia, we all had to sit on one side of the boat. After having gone in the pool again, I washed my shells and we did school.

When we went eating that day, my mom discovered a worm in her elbow. We all had to take gross pills because Matti was scared of it. I really don’t like pills!

Nina

Boarding the Titanic (true!)

Boarding the Titanic (true!)

It's a d'hau day

It’s a d’hau day

Matti Crusoe

Matti Crusoe

Great place to be stranded

Great place to be stranded

tropical sun

upper heat

sunburn ahoi!

sunburn ahoi!

Matti Jackie-boy Sparrow

Matti Jackie-boy Sparrow

evening breeze

evening breeze

February 21, 2014, Ilha

Our air-conditioned room let us sleep in wonderfully, and we all got a lazy start into the day. Again we bought loads of rolls in the morning – something we really missed during our time away from Europe. The bread, but also other things bring us closer to home: Ilha is a safe place, with adults and children alike enjoying the cool breeze after sunset; playing, chatting and promenading in the dark streets. Moust houses are in ruins, but inhabited, which gives the island an ancient but also timeless aura.

We had a guided tour of the Governor’s palace and the fort today – once again, we were the only visitors present. We saw many treasures and artefacts from China, India and Portugal, which brought to mind the vast empire that once ruled the seas. The fort had never been taken by the Arabs or the Dutch, even though the latter brought 340 canons at their last attempt. Inside the fort we visited a chapel – the oldest building constructed by Europeans in the southern hemisphere, over 450 years old. The historic setting adds a great new twist to our adventures, even though we can’t ignore the gruesome facts: Portugal exported slaves taken in Malawi from these ports as late as 1910, they were mostly destined to work on French sugar plantations to their deaths.

We are glad to meet so many positive-thinking contemporary Mozambiquans – even though their country is once again lead into troubles by politicians and warlords.

Kathrin

The Governors

The Governors

fishermen at work

fishermen at work

Gateway to the fort

Gateway to the fort

The Bullwarks

The Bullwarks

Matti Münchhausen

Matti Münchhausen

Water for 2000 soldiers

Water for 2000 soldiers

still standing

still standing

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