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Monday, October 6, 2014

My first time in Mozambique

August 2014

My second long-haul flight in August was supposed to be a flight to Recife. But a last minute change set a new heading towards Africa. I already new Recife very well and Maputo would be a new destination for me so I was rather happy with this swap.

The second good news was that the outbound flight would be operated by the A340 with reg. nr. CS-TOB so all 4 aircraft of this type would now be part of my "logbook" either as a passenger or as an operating crew member.

The flight was almost empty due to the announced pilot's strike that made many passengers to avoid flying that day.

A340 CS-TOB "D. João de Castro" @ MPM

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Girassol Indy Congress Hotel & Spa

This was our nice hotel with its unusual apartments.




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Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal is the main market in Maputo where you can find a little bit of everything!



That includes fresh fish and colorful spices!


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Mercado do Peixe

On the last day some of the crew members went to the fish market where we bought giant tiger prawns for lunch.


And they were so tasty!

Tiger prawns

And after the delicious lunch it was time to return to the hotel for a rest before the red-eye flight back to Lisboa.

Avenida da Marginal

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TP282

The assigned aircraft was CS-TOK "Padre António Vieira" - an ex-Austrian.

CS-TOK @ MPM

Winglet view just before sunrise

Mid galley


And finally at Lisboa...



euroAtlantic B767-300ER

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First impression of Maputo

Since it was my first time here and the political situation is still not stable and there are some dangers for the tourists, I avoided taking photographs. In some way, I expected a different Maputo from what I witnessed. I always had the idea of Maputo being different from Luanda. I expected people to be more welcoming, the town to be more organized and more beautiful. But I didn't find any of these things. The town itself I found dirty and with many degraded buildings. I was also a little bit frightened to see many railings installed in the windows and balconies - at least until the fifth floor of the highest buildings - creating a feeling of insecurity. Anyway, I liked this first experience in Maputo and I would love to come back soon!