I have now spent almost three months in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. I have to say that it has been quite an experience with its ups and downs. I’ve been working in a local art association, Nucleo de Arte, that has a gallery and working space for the artists. Having had the most hectic spring back in Finland it was at first hard to adapt to the more relaxed atmosphere that exists here. I’ve been often told to take it easy when I’ve been trying to ask for some work to do. At the moment I couldn’t say what I’ve learned because I think I’m still processing all the things I’ve seen and experienced.
My first challenge was to learn Portuguese so that I could at least communicate with people. The more I’ve learned Portuguese, the more I have also learned about the country and its people. People here in general are really friendly and generous. Right now I feel like three months wasn’t enough to get to know Mozambique but I guess that’s how I always feel after a journey.
In my opinion, Mozambique is a great destination for someone visiting Africa for the first time. The nature is amazing here and there are plenty of things to see and do. At least for me this experience has widened my perspectives.