Tuesday, April 21, 2009


If there is one thing I have noticed about Mozambique, it is that aforementioned grimy, weedy opulence. It's mostly a feeling when you look at the abandoned buildings, and it says that once and not so very long ago, things were a lot, lot better around here. And then they stopped being that way. Overnight. The decadence has contracted, and now we're seeing the flotsam, the high tide line. Mozambique is filling it in slowly, but it's not there yet. It is a fascinating feeling.

And now I'm in Gorongosa National Park, central Mozambique, soaking up the free internet. Hence three updates in one day. Dan and I took a game drive this morning- saw lots of antelope, crocs, hippos, that most charismatic of savanna creatures- the warthog, plus tons of cool birds. We're staying in a plushish camp in the middle of the park- Chitengo camp. We're camping, and the entrance fee was waived, so we are still practically on a Peace Corps budget! Tomorrow we go to climb the sacred Gorongosa Mountain.

On another note, my traveling companion Dan has a much more interesting blog than I do. He is also better at updating it in general, and also at writing the juicy details that I'm sure you guys at home would savor. His address is www.malawidan.blogspot.com Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Great to see the trip is going so well. Remember, if you are hungry eat something, if you are tired, take a break. And remember, as a wise man once said, 'Wherever you go, there you are."

Let me know the details of your NY layover.


oskar said...

all i know about Mozambique I learned from bob dylan. it sounds less nice than he describes it.

went naan n curry, and a stomach ache resulted!

hope the trip is going well!!