Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Late, But Better Than Nunca

Yes, my mom was here for a short visit two weeks ago, and yes, I have been very delayed in blogging about our time together.

To sum it up, we had an incredible time despite the fact that it was way too brief.

I think my mom was pleasantly surprised by Maputo and all it has to offer. We had delicious lunches each day she was here, drove up the coast to Costa do Sol, toured the banana plantations at the Empire (unfortunately without meeting Hugh Marlboro, as he was in Cape Town), bought hibiscus and bouganvilla from a roadside vendor near Boane, visited a local ceramics factory, went to a beautiful photography exhibition at the Franco-Moçambicano cultural center, and hung out a lot at home drinking tea while I made jewelry and laboriously did the caligraphy on the envelopes of our wedding invitations.

Easter Sunday was a highlight, though it was spent in spectacularly secular fashion. Rico, my mom and I had lunch at the Macanese* restaurant downtown and enjoyed deceptively delicious food given the shabby look of the place. We had peri-peri stir-fried chicken, rice with shrimp and squid, prawn curry, and hot and sour soup. All super delicious, and cheap to boot. Rico had said he wouldn't have gone in there on a bet, but I'll wager a dollar or two that he would go back after our lunch experience.

We rounded out the traditional Easter experience (ha, ha!) with a movie at the Gil Vicente cinema. From the look of the place, my mom estimated it was from the 1920's. Full of character, but notably empty of patrons on the holy day. We thoroughly enjoyed "Charlie Wilson's War", complete with sweet popcorn and cokes (incredibly delicious and made with real sugar, as my mom noted).

I'd like to upload the photos from my mom's trip, but unfortunately Blogger is not feeling cooperative. Perhaps tomorrow...

*proper adjective for something or someone from Macao

4 comments:

Stacie said...

I am so glad you had a great visit with your Mom...I am visiting mine now and can relate...try Wordpress.com....I use flikr to upload my pics and it is super fast...you can take your blog to wordpress and copy it over I believe...I love Wordpress.com and it is free!!!!!!

Guilherme said...

"Late, But Better Than Nunca"

Hehehe, that's my motto! Glad to hear you had a good time w/ your mom.

Ali la Loca said...

~Stacie - Enjoy your visit with family, and thanks for the technology suggestion. Just the thought of copying 3 years of archives, however, makes me think that a few glitches in photo uploading aren't so bad, and that I can deal with things on blogger a bit longer!

~Guilherme - I follow this as a motto myself. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ali, interesting and very accurate description of Maputo as I have come to know it. I think I've passed you once or twice on my rushed trips to the city, offices and meetings from the farm. Also cracked my head learning Portuguese rapidly during the year here, but manage fairly well now. (LOL)

Am most interested to hear more about where I can track down similar accommadation more or less that cost bracket. Please advise ssonest on ymjpv@hotmail.com.
Regards.... Vince York (MozCroc Lda)