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Dirty, gray ... warm, intense, Latin ... Live Maputo!

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The central train station of Maputo. Nice outside but nothing spectacular inside

Most people who visit Mozambique -which is not much- spend the minimum possible time in your capital, Maputo. To take the opposite, I stayed for a weekend and felt like more.

The capital of Mozambique has the bad reputation of being a dirty, dangerous and uninteresting city. There is some truth in all this but, if you know where to look and depending on what you like to find on your trips, it also has many interesting things to offer.

Normally, someone who decides to travel through a country like Mozambique is not looking for order, cleanliness, architectural beauty and manicured buildings. If you come to Mozambique -and almost all of Africa in general- you must be someone who is looking for adventure, a different culture and, like every good traveler, you are open to adapt to what you are going to find.

I arrived in Maputo from Nelspruit, one of the entrances to the famous South African Kruger Park. I remember that the suburbs of the city seemed huge to me. Endless rows of people went from here to there on a Friday afternoon when they returned home after work. We made a stop at a market outside and the chaos was inordinate.

However, in the center the thing was very different.

The Maputo Handicraft Market

The structures of shacks here and there give way to buildings of various heights that house the most important companies in the city and expatriates. Here we will find European-style supermarkets (with European prices too), medium-high price restaurants and bar areas where to have fun. The majority of foreigners living in Maputo are European -where the Portuguese are the majority- and make life in this area.

That same night I went out to dinner with foreign people who were staying in my hostel and I could panic as soon as we finished dinner. Adducing fatigue, everyone decided not to risk knowing the nightlife of, what they say, is one of the best cities to party in all of South Africa. I made a good team with Ronald -The Zimbabwean kid with whom he had traveled from Nelspruit- and we decided to investigate the bars of Maputo.

It was an unparalleled success. The Mozambicans are like Brazilians in Africa: There is, in the whole continent, no one to beat them when it comes to enjoying a good party. They are hot, friendly and quick to make friends. And they dance like goddesses and gods.

We started having a couple of beers in the restaurant where we had dinner. Is called Mimo's, a pizzeria of rather high prices in the 24 de Julio Avenue. Without knowing where to go, Ronald and I began to follow July 24, one of the main arteries of the city.

With my Zimbabwean friend Ronald and his friend Jeff and Leila and their German party friend

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