Wed 01/01 – Early flight to Maputo
Had a fairly uneventful flight from Cape Town to Maputo – around 2 hours – except for having to pay off a customs official who made up some rule that we couldn’t bring six bottles of wine into the country. $5 was a small price to pay 🙂
Thu 01/02 – Drive to Xai-Xai
Made it out of Maputo at around 10:30 after monkey bread and birthday celebrations for Luke, and hit the road at about 8mph. The first 45 minutes getting out of Maputo on the Marginale through the fishing villages was grueling. The potholes made us bob and weave across the road. There was no left or right hand side of the road, really, since oncoming traffic would pick whatever side of the road that worked best for them! Daniel called the road a “100 bumps per minute road”.
After about 3h45 we arrived at the beach at Xai Xai. The house had a deck and a small pool on the deck, but the deck was falling apart in areas so we had to get the maintenance guys to come and patch it up. They did a decent job but the deck really needs to be replaced before someone falls through it! Kids played Marco Polo in the 6ft by 9ft pool (perfect size… No one stays Marco for more than 30s… Speed Marco Polo).
Kids were in bed by around 8 and the adults followed shortly afterwards.
Fri 01/03 – Xai-Xai
Nice slow morning. Bread delivered at our doorstep by Richard the Bread Man. Baguettes and croissants. The maintenance guys came to continue their deck repairs. And our fish guy came over to take our fish order… Lobsters and crabs, thank you!
Headed out to the beach about 2km down the road, since the waves right in front of the Reef Resort were too rough. Lots of blue bottles (small blue stinging jellyfish) in the water and all over the beach. Had to be very careful and watch out for them in the water. Also lots of litter on the beaches unfortunately, including broken glass bottles. Not cool. But the water was great and all had a good time.
Lunch at the hotel at he beach… They even managed to make a grilled cheese sandwich once Mark and Susan explained to them what to do to a sandwich to grill it. Cool refreshing Savannas… Yes!
Back at home the kids continued their speed Marco Polo and then watched Harry Potter, allowing the adults to relax a bit. Our Fish Guy came by to clean the lobsters and crabs (great!) and delivered charcoal for the lobster barbecue. They turned out great and the crabs baked in the oven were very sweet and tasty.
Kids in bed by 8 again (yay!) and adults managed to play a whole game of Trivial Pursuit!
Sat 01/04 – Xai-Xai
Ladies went to Xai Xai town to buy some groceries and the kids had some screen time waiting for low tide. Found a great spot on the beach and had a blast. Found some fish (cod-like fish and a nice red fish) and grilled it on hey he barbecue again. Came out ok, but the red fish was the best. Had some nice wine and chatted until late in the evening.
Sun 01/05 – Back to Maputo
Managed to get packed and out of Xai Xai by 8am – magic performed by Mark and Susan for sure! Very speedy drive back to Maputo (3 hours) and was able to do lunch back at the house and spend some nice time in the pool playing Marco Polo. Maureen and I went to a market close by to do some souvenir shopping. Later, the adults went on a ‘date night’ to a very nice (not super-fancy) restaurant called Sagres (on the Marginal). Perfect way to end our trip.
Well, what was supposed to be a very quick morning flight to Cape Town became a full day, two-flight trip! Our flight was cancelled due to the plane breaking down. Finally rebooked through Johannesburg. Not the best start to our 4-flight (now 5-flight) journey back to California.
On Tuesday, we packed up in the morning while Mom and Dad kept the kids entertained, and then headed out to the airport where we met up again with the family to say good-bye at the Mugg & Bean. Nerina sketched this wonderful picture to send us on our way.