I am writing this from Nampula, Mozambique. This is my third visit to Nampula and to Mozambique. I am here to work on the on-going project we are implementing here to build water points and improve sanitation and hygiene in 600 rural communities. I will be in Mozambique for a total of 2.5 weeks, and it is going to be a whirlwind trip!
I arrived in Maputo last Wednesday afternoon. I was there to finish planning a trip to another province of the country – Inhambane. There, we are going to begin implementing another water and sanitation project. That trip will take place next week. I flew to Nampula on Saturday morning and will be here for a week. The goal of my trip here is to assist in a change-over of the team leader for the project and also to take part in planning for the coming year. Monday is a holiday here, Labour Day, as it is in most of the world, so I will continue working from the hotel possibly meeting with the new team leader after he arrives. I am here with my boss this time, and another colleague from our subsidiary company is going to join us later in the week. It’s going to be a busy week.
It is quite hot here, probably reaching 35C. Even at 8am when I went to use the hotel ‘gym’ (the treadmill was actually functional this time!) it was already hot. But it is nice if you don’t have to do much I the heat. Yesterday I sat by the pool in the shade and breeze to work for a little while, which was quite nice. Then a Mozambican wedding procession started coming into the courtyard! I didn’t have the nerve to take any photos. Last night, we discovered that the restaurant here in the hotel is closed. When asked when it would be open, the reception said May 1. ‘You mean tomorrow’? ‘No, not tomorrow, later’. Ok…so no restaurant in the hotel! Good thing breakfast is served from the café downstairs and not the restaurant. You never know what you will face when you come here. There is a treadmill, but no restaurant.
On Sat I will travel back to Maputo and then Sunday myself, several colleagues, and some of the new project team will drive along the coast to Inhambane. The town is located on the coast and is supposed to be lovely. A lot of South Africans travel there for their vacations.
I’m sure I will have more updates as my time here goes on, but for now, that’s it!