On Friday April 4th I took a chapa down to the Tete airport to meet my dad who was flying in from California (by way of South Africa). At the airport we rented a car and that weekend drove to Cahora Bassa, a huge lake in Tete formed by a dam on the Zambezi river. We stayed at Ugezi Tiger Lodge, which was a bit lacking in food quality and room cleanliness, but made up for it in great scenery and wildlife sightings. We went on a boat trip on the lake and saw hippos and crocodiles, watched monkeys in the trees as we ate lunch, and saw a troop of baboons cross the road as we were leaving.
|Father and daughter at a photo stop on our way up to the lake.|
|Lake Cahora Bassa and the Cahora Bassa Dam|
|A giant moth at Ugezi Tiger Lodge. We thought it was dead until it abruptly flew away when Dad tried to look at the red part under its wing. Nearly gave me a heart attack when it flew right into my face.|
From Cahora Bassa, we drove back to Tete, returned the rental car, and headed to Zobue. Dad spent 10 days in Zobue living the village life. He observed some of my classes, went to the market, and hung out with the neighbor kids on the front porch. I really enjoyed introducing him to people here--most of them couldn't believe he was my dad, who had come all the way from the United States. The most common response was:
"Ao final? E seu pai?" Really? He is your dad?
"Ele ainda e joven!" He is still young!
It was great having an outsider's perspective on my life here. Since I've been here for almost 6 months, there are some things I take for granted or don't notice anymore so it was fun to see what he noticed and commented on.
|One of Dad's first nights here Leme and his family came for a visit. I'm posting this because both Leme and Servina are smiling. If there is anything harder than getting a Mozambican to smile for a posed photo, I haven't yet encountered it.|