Dust and dirt and fumes
Dawn. Four hours by the side of the road. How do you say ‘bathroom’ in Portuguese? The back of a truck. Crowds. Portuguese buns. Another few hours by the side of the road. The midday sun. No, really, how do you say ‘bathroom’ in Portuguese? Another truck, this time a seat up front. Dirt roads. A whisky-drinking driver. Imprecise calculations. Safer to get out or stay in? Dirt in my hair. Someone stepped on my toe. Someone stepped on my hand. 3 and 4 am departure times. Why doesn’t my guidebook have the portuguese translation for ‘bathroom’? Women with babies. Chickens and rice in my lap. More imprecise calculations. Are there more chickens or babies on this truck? Darkness sets. Repeat. Repeat again.
This is public transport in Mozambique.