It took us a day in Maputo to finish up the business of importing the vehicle and wood working equipment. Many papers needed to be signed and stapled together, then we needed to get license plates made up and put on the vehicle before we could travel. We first found 3 license-plate-makers who were either shut down or couldn’t do the job before we found one who could! We gave them the plate # we needed and they went to work on making them while we waited. When the license plates were done, a guy brought a cordless drill out to the vehicle (on a main city street) to put them on for us. He also had to slap on the required stickers. We don’t know why they’re required, they just are here. And if you don’t have these, your vehicle could be impounded and you get fined. So these are very important decals!
Maputo is a crazily busy city, so we were very glad to finally leave. The highway wasn’t as bad as I had expected with all the rain, but it had its spots just the same. Most of the bad patches in the road had no warning signs at all, they sort of catch you unawares, ambush style. In one of the worst spots the soil in the potholes is grey like the pavement, so you can’t even see them coming. Again, if you hold your mouth just right, you may negotiate that part without doing too much damage!
How do you like these caution signs on the main North-South highway in the country? Maybe our decals could be put to better use :)
It was an odd feeling to find home just the way we and the kids had left it 3 weeks previous: spare mattresses and pillows in the front room, Christmas decorations still in place and cups as they were left in the drying rack. A few new things had added themselves to this collection as well --spiders and their webs! I hate it when they do that...just move in uninvited. I wanted to unpack but soon decided I first needed to pack the Christmas stuff away and get rid of the unwanted little guests. Spiders were everywhere—in every corner, under every shelf, behind every cupboard/table...actually, it would be easier to tell you where they weren’t. So I got to work with my bug spray, broom and vacuum cleaner. I must have killed at least 50 daddy-long-legs plus a few other interesting types. This little spree quickly turned into major spring cleaning since there was mildew to be dealt with too. Then I decided I needed to get some laundry done, so needless to say, yesterday was a busy one.
Work-wise we’re still spooling up. We’ve had a few medical urgencies come to our attention already including an elderly gentleman who was found very sick and abandoned in the bush. He’d been there for likely 2 days or so and was very dehydrated and weak. Dwight took him to the Vanduzi hospital right away (since his needs were beyond the scope of our bush health post practice) and was pleased when caring, compassionate staff took him under their wing.
I guess I should sign off for now and get back to the work of finishing up laundry, unpacking suitcases and boxes and storing my Christmas stuff finally. Maybe if I hold my tongue just right, the work will get done quicker!