This was going to be easy...the bus was to pick us up at the ON at 5 am and no hassles...hmmm, always too good to be true. Dennis said no it was now arriving at 4 since he couldn't get his regular guy. At 4 we waited, 4:15 Dennis came down and told us that if it didn't come in 10 min he'd take us to the bus sta. 4:30 no bus, 5 no bus...Dennis finally showed up with his "4 wheeler", no joke! We 3 fit our bags and selves in/on a 4 wheeler and proceeded to the bus station. There he did some haggling but in the end altho our fare was 300 ea, we paid additionally for our bags, so all in all it would have been cheaper to leave directly from Fatima's, ha!
This will be a "flow of views/sights" so to speak...Coconut palms more than any other country we've visited, stacks of bundled firewood & bags of charcoal, subsistence ag -corn & cassava, bus stops: oranges/tangerines & cashews, road very smooth rolling hills then very potholed then very smooth, country very green, plastic bags on " dead branch trees" filled w/ cashews, boy holding freshly caught fish up as we pass, flat tire on the flat lands - no jack! watching traffic go by...semi trailer w/ 5 goats standing on top, trailer after trailer w/ household goods jammed & piled in (later found out these were escaping violence in Joburg the previous day), cattle & goats grazing among the scrub brush/trees, sugar cane fields...back on the road 45 min. dark & red clay pots piled high all sizes/shapes decorated/plain, bricks piled high, conical kilns, corrals of 6 to 10 foot long bundles of sticks/canes/stalks??! from/for??
Arrived in big city very much like W. Africa, dirty/trash strewn streets, potholed, lots of minibuses, private cars ... traffic in general, no pedestrian town! very spread out.
After a long winding trip in taxi(claimed he knew Base Backpackers Hostel but didn't) got checked in, folks very nice, helpful, friendly...hostel is compact, lots of travelers for the size, ran into Natalie & Fabien and got the correct web addresses for their Green Energy project!
Walked and walked around town, saw Eifel metal house, museum, port(very clean compared to rest of town)...statue of their Geo Wash. -'til 3:30 - I went back to Base BPers for a nap, then Bon & I headed to internet(very fast but unable to download pics). We ate across from BPers at an Indian restaurant - bad experience, food OK but didn't bring what we ordered and it was VERY expensive. We've had better Indian food for half the price and the service was poor. Very unusual for Indian rest!!!
Maputo is a very good ex of Portuguese colonial architecture & city layout - even w/ minimal maintenance the colonial buildings are in good shape but the soviet style, cement block bldgs look like s___. Great blvds, wide & tree lined - not totally butchered like other towns(not yet anyway).