Photos from Moçambique, Afrika

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As promised, here's some photos from my South Afrikaan friend (who lives in Johannesburg). He works in the Film industry down there and loves cool technology.

Mozambique Woman

Seems like he's always traveling to one exotic place or another .. places with exotic names .. like Drakensberg (Afrikaan: Devil's Mountain) and Patagonia. (Yes, I'm jealous.)

Today's photos come from » Moçambique. (I actually had to look on a map to see where that is .. as is the case with most of the photos he sends.)

Moçambique sits on the east coast of Afrika, just above South Africa. It also shares borders with Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. Off its coast sits the island of Madagascar.

Steve sent 5 pics, with the following note:

Just returned from a weekend escape across the border to Moçambique. Here's some pics from the capital city, Maputo, and surrounding areas.

Jo'burg sits on a high-altitude grassy plain. In comparison to most of Africa, its climate is rather harsh and frigid. Maputo, on the other hand, is further north. It sits right on the coast, and as a result is hot, humid & verdant.

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I've always been fascinated by other cultures, because of the way they (so often) see things differently from us (U.S.). Understanding their perspective can cause our minds to stretch and grow. (A culturally 'stretched mind' would be the opposite of narrow-minded.)

My family never did much traveling as I was growing up (provincial), so I think that's why I joined the Navy soon as I could (17) .. as it was the fastest way to get out and "see the world," so I could mingle with others from different backgrounds and enchange ideas.

The bottom of each page contains navigation to the Next photo. I did crop his pics a little, so they'd fit better into a web page. I also compressed his images to minimize download time (which degrades image-quality somewhat). Still, they're very good quality. Can almost feel the balmy Afrikaan breezes.

BTW - this is the first set of photos for which I created a dedicated CSS page, a technology I'm becoming increasingly comfortable with. The initial CSS styles are simple, but I'll be able to tweak and develop them as necessary for future rev's. (All new pages I create are now CSS-based Strict XHTML.)

Oh, yeah .. here's the pics. Enjoy. (Thanks, Steve.)

Both our brothers attended Ivy League schools. (His Brown, mine Yale.) So we seem to have things in common beside a lust for technology. We both also dig hiking and backpacking and rock-climbing (to balance the technology) .. tho recently, he seems to be doing a lot more of that than me. [ Most of my hiking has been to the courthouse. =/

Today's Afrikaan theme jibes well with yesterday's post about Ubuntu, which is also an Afrikaan word (or philosophy). Madonna's video takes you even closer .. into neighboring Malawi. (The timing of which is interesting.)

Now that today's entry is done, I think I'll head down to the local coffee shop and order myself a French press made with some choice African beans. Things might not be so great here in the States right now, but I bet there's a few hundred million people who would gladly trade places with us.

For more along these lines, here's a Google search preconfigured for the query » mozambique africa

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