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Sand, sand and more sand! This is one of my lasting impressions of the beautiful country of Mozambique. We visited Moz in July this year. The pic above is taken in the small village of Ponta d'Ouro where we stayed. Moz is situated on the Sout Eastern coast of Africa between Tanzania and South Africa. According to statistics just under 21 million people live in Mozambique. Life expectancy is around 40 years. Birth rate is on average 5.29 per woman. Literacy rate is just over 47%.

Beautiful "island-like" beaches, with clear water.

The men do "window shopping" at the "mall"!

Early each morning we went to the local market to buy pao's - a local bread. Delicious!

We stayed at Motel do Mar. Basic accomodation, but rather expensive.

Ten years after the civil war, people still struggle to make a living...

We went to the next village... still more sand. I was a bit nervous, because after the war there were still landmines in the sand... but fortunately not in the area we visited.

Beside the road you can stop for sundowners... the local drink is R&R. Sparletta Raspberry, mixed with a local brewed rum.

The morning we left, this guy stopped us. His taxi was stuck in the deep sand. (You actually need a 4x4 to drive there.) He asked if Leon could pull him out. He told us he and his son slept there the night before.

All smiles! These people were very thankful and of course the Land Rover earned a bit of respect! We were on our way home again, and of course on our way to the border post we encountered more...

SAND!!

What a wonderful philosophy!

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Comment by Laurie on November 12, 2010 at 8:13am
Thanks for sharing these photo's and also the ones of the animals. I drive a semi truck so I have been all over the US. It is so interesting to see photo's from a place I doubt I will ever get to go. I did get to ride on an elephant one time, tho at the Worlds Biggest Fishfry in Paris, Tennessee. I won the ride on a radio contest.
Comment by J.S. on November 4, 2010 at 11:41am
I really enjoyed your pictures. How different from where we live and so interesting. Thanks!
Comment by ranchmom/OR on November 4, 2010 at 6:50am
Thank you for your pictures and story, I love to learn of new places and history that goes with those places. Thank you.
Comment by Linda Hughes on November 3, 2010 at 6:00pm
Thanks for the story and pics!
Comment by Quilt Man on November 3, 2010 at 11:17am
Great pics! I enjoyed them very much! Thanks.
Comment by Terry F on November 3, 2010 at 8:11am
Once again, great pictures Lanie. I feel the need to shake the sand out of my shoes! LOL
Comment by Sharon Reeves on November 3, 2010 at 7:44am
Thank you for sharing your trip. It's fascinating to see how others have to live and the scenery is beautiful.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 3, 2010 at 7:08am
Great post. Thanks for a peek into another part of the world.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on November 3, 2010 at 6:54am
Really enjoyed the pictures and dialogue. Keep them coming! I'm glad you had a good vehicle for all that sand.
Comment by Ada Funnell on November 3, 2010 at 5:28am
The pictures are wonderful Lanie. It is so nice to see places like this - something we wouldn't normally see. Thanks so much for helping to educatge me/

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