Just returned from a great weekend in Mozambique. About 2 1/2 hours north to the border, then 30 minutes more over a very interesting sand road (the main highway!) into Ponta do Ouro, a small costal town. Four of us from the photographic team went, and we found ourselves in a very luxurious log cabin style condo with a good ocean view and even better beach access. The accommodation was superb in every way with one minor exception: no towels. When I finally found a manager to ask if we could have some towels, he expressed great surprise at the question and a very small measure of regret that they didn’t provide something of such a personal nature. So my big souvenir of Mozambique is a nice blue towel.
Saturday we took a small boat into big waves to hang out with dolphins — a pod of 35 or more. Outside our back porch a group vervet monkeys played and scampered, including this one I photographed on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday after attending part of a Catholic Mass (offered in Zulu, Portuguese, and some other language I couldn’t identify) I found one of the monkeys hanging around our living room! (Had to leave church early because of a 10 am check-out time.) All in all a very relaxing weekend!
Tomorrow Thanda moves into the summer season, meaning that early morning game drives will now begin at 5:30 am instead of 6:00 am. The good news is that we will have more time for editing our photos, so that will be helpful.
Last week I shared my lodge with Rob, a very nice fellow from Holland. Today about a dozen new volunteers arrived to work in either the research or community programs. I was pleased to discover that none of them is my new roommate. So, for the next couple of weeks at least, I get my very own room. This will be quite good as Rob and I had very different schedules. I always felt a little bad about trying to get ready for a 6:00 am drive when his schedule sometimes didn’t start until as late as 8:30! Now I can be as loud as I want — and even turn on the lights to see what I’m doing — in the mornings.
Speaking of mornings, 5:30 will be arriving quite soon, so I’d better get off to bed. Good night!