Day 28 3.5.2011 African shopping in Nacala Next Day
Today we explore Nacala, first we try to get money, which is not so easy. Two out of three ATMs are out of order. Then we try to get an anti-mosquito spray because we don’t have any more Peaceful Sleep. The mosquitoes are present everywhere in Mozambique and very aggressive. When we open the tent in the morning, they fly into it already, you really have to spray before you get up. 7 doses we have used in 2 ½ weeks.
Especially in Libelula we had no shower, without beeing bitten by a mosquitoe.In the pharmacy they only sell mosquito repellent with citronella. We are looking at four stores, two with the Indian owners, two with Muslim owners. The mere selection of the business is overwhelming. You get it all.
Business1: the Indian business owner has grocery, dry goods, laundry soap, toilet cleaners, soap, etc. The store is full and the owner enthroned behind the counter at a table, where he conceded. The local staff gaves goods from behind the counter at the owner’s wife. It calculates the price, the staff takes the goods in a bag and hands the goods and the piece of paper with the price to the owner. Here you pay, than the staff gives the goods to you. The problem for us, we are accustomed to supermarkets, where we usually find everything we need, even if we do not know what it is called in Portuguese. So we buy a much less.
Business 2: has the same offer, plus drinks like Coca Cola and water, but a Muslim owner. Here too, local officials jumping around in the background.
Business 3: another Indian business owner. There are materials (very nice by the way), sewing stuff, camping equipment, pots, pans, elektronics, cosmetics. The owner calls her son, who speaks English, he is seending us to the Chemist downtown for of mosquito repellents.
Business 4: has only cosmetics and a Muslim owner. Without much hope, I’ll try it as well and still a wonder the man has what we seek, mosquito repellent with DET for the price of 95 Meticais per bottle. He even openes a bottle, so I decide between the lemon and rosemary.
After we found the repellent, we buy also slice of cheese and some bread in a local Padaria (bakery).
After we’re done with shopping, we visit Fernao Veloso, the beach just outside Nacala. Here it is still as centuries ago. The canoes are lined up along the beach, women selling fish, squid and corn, also of course the inevitable chips, Coca Cola, Fanta. Women sit around with their children, gossiping, silent men sit in the boats and think, young people take on the pier from the fishing line. Except that some of them want to be photographed we are furthermore not observed.
It won’t be like that for long, behind the dream setting they are building a huge lodge. Between Libelula and Fernao Veloso there were 20 or more new buildings.
In the evening we enjoy a plate of prawns, salad and homemade fries in the restaurant of Libelula, so far we could not buy, unfortunately, prawns on the beach. We sit some time with Ian and PJ, they now have organised an improvised animal hospital. Together with friends they arranged a Vet from Pemba to vaccinate, sterilize and treat the various pets. Ian on the phone even tries to find out if the Beach Road, which we do the next day to go to Pemba, is passable, the rainy season is still not over, looks like we are lucky.
Tired we fall into bed after we have already packed most of it the next morning set off quickly. Mhhhh prawns, a dream … …
Km 108, 3 hrs, 31 °, Sunny
640 Meticais in *** Libelula Camp