I am tempted to quit everything and move to the wonderful Ilha de Moçambique for a year.
Tags: Ilha de Moçambique, Mozambique, photography, travel
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Nothing beats the texture of peeling paint. And those vibrant colours! I’m sure I could spend weeks photographing this place.
Agreed! What an amazing series of photos!
It looks fascinating. What’s its story?
It is an island off the coast of Northern Mozambique and is the former capital of colonial Portuguese East Africa. There were historical trade connections with Madagascar and India, so the culture (and food) is very interesting…The entire island is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
We spend a couple wonderful nights on Ilha in 2010. Not much changes there. We have pictures of exactly the same sites. The slowest pace of life anywhere with very few tourists. Glad you made it! Your photos do it justice!
These photographs are amazing, great composition and color combinations
They are amazing,
You make me teary-eyed almost every time. Why? I don’t know.
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Such vivid colors and beautiful faces…I can definitely see why a week would not be nearly long enough!
Gorgeous pictures. I love the picture of the boys on the bike.
I totally feel and agree like the title of your post: a week is not enough!
Ciao, and thank you for all your beautiful pictures!
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We totally agree!!!!
Quitting and moving to another place is a great idea!
I have quit my job as a lawyer (http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/sabbatical/) and despite the drop in income, I am happy I did. I can move whenever, wherever I want.
I am also a lawyer who quit my job last year to live and work in Africa.
Fantastic images, great post.
You’ve got some amazing pictures here. Definitely adding this to my “places to go” list. Thanks =)
lots of great colors and texture. nice images
Wow… how can a week be enough? The pictures are beautiful!
I would say ‘pack your bags and go’ The water alone would draw me there.
You Matter! Smiles, Nancy
Fascinating work, i like the Cafe logo though that was hot. Seems like you caught a very peaceful side to that area so i can see how one get get a little too comfortable for their own good. Sunsets a nice touch though -,o
Looking at the details in the photos I wonder what it would this place be like in pristine condition. The photo with the lamppost wants you to feel the tranquility of the sea but you notice the missing posts and broken bench. Leaves you with such mixed emotions
Exactly my thoughts. Seeing such a paradox brings a sadness.
Beautiful photos, colors, textures.
I’ll go too! The pics looks so beautiful!
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Guys please what do you think?
Wonderful photographs. They make me want to visit, even though I’m more of a cold weather person.
Beautiful photos. Thanks for posting them.
Unique. Amazing photos. Compliments. Greetings from Italy, just south of Venice.
In my moves around the country, I’ve found it takes at least a year to discover the “real” place — the restaurants, shops, galleries, parks and trails, etc. the visitors never find. If you’ve ever lived in a tourism destination or a college campus, you come to savor the off-season or ‘tween semesters for the same reasons. So what are the smells and tastes and surprises in this journey to such an unexpected destination? I love settling into places away from the well-beaten path!
I think the “Cafe Central” photograph is my favorite; simple and elegant. Great post! – e.v.
Very nice piece, and a beautiful country. I was there for 5 weeks a few years back and I loved it. The capital is very run down but still full of amazing architecture, (unlike most large African cities it has to be said) It has lovely baroque and Art Deco buildings and even a lovely 19th century railway station by Gustave Eiffel. Further North, the diving off Imhambane province is probably the best in the world. I’d encourage anyone who can to go to Mozambique. Do a little research beforehand, so we can all travel generously and responsibly, and still have a blast. Africa is amazing. Very nice blog, keep up the good work.
I’m in Inhambane right now and heading to Maputo next week. I’m really looking forward to the capital!
You’ll love Maputo I think. You might be shocked at the poverty, & incidentally, at the level of prostitution, (almost ubiquitous) but the city & the people are great, and as I said much of the architecture is beautiful. I believe they sometime have concerts in that lovely old rail station building (the one designed by Eiffel) – that might be worth checking out?
The beauty, joy and drama of the place were well captured by your photos. Congratulations!
Well, I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw this post. I actually did live there for a year. Good to see it getting some publicity – I’ve been back in Australia for a year now and was starting to wonder if I just imagined ilha! It is a unique place in the world, although it is an enormously complicated place to live.
If you are seriously considering living there, the volunteer program I did was a minimum of six months and can be viewed here: http://www.azlera.org/blog/
The program involves running a small after-school centre where your goal is to give extra classes to some of the most promising students on the island. You can also conduct all sorts of new initiatives that you want to bring to the island. A new volunteer just started with the project, so a position would only become available in at least six months time. Also, you’d need to learn Portuguese!
Nice photos and enjoy your travels!
Lucky you! I can imagine it is actually very complicated place to live. I’ve got a bit too much on my plate right now to volunteer for six months, but thanks for the info!
I agree, a week is not enough-need a life time to explore and take in the exquisite beauty. Wonderful post…
Wow! I can’t get over the amazing colours in your photographs!
Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!
Is a week ever enough to go around a country? Never. I know exactly how that feels. I wish a human’s lifespan were longer to go around the earth forever. Great post and photos! I miss Mama Africa.
Congrats for being on Freshly pressed!
How lovely to see pictures like yours. I lived in Tanzania from 1984-90 in Mtwara. I remember the beautiful views and the dilepidated buildings and the mostly happy faces of the people there. I also have been in Kenya and even down to the Victoria Falls. Africa IS beautiful country just wish the people there a bit more prosperity to be able to enjoy an easier life with more hope for their children.
nice pic’s specially that bicycle one…
really nice pics. The architecture reflects the times of colonial era.
Awww these are all very charming!
Im Love in It!!nice blog…..
Beautifully composed shots. It is really artistic. It looks like as if time had stood still in that place. Yet the children and people shots tell of an untold vibrance of the place. I really love the images and imagery.
Wow….beautiful shots. The place looks incredible, although maybe its one of those places that would be great to paint but maybe not so nice to live in? Reminds me of my trip to Senegal, similar colours, light and people….
Yes, it reminded me a bit of Senegal as well, especially Saint-Louis.
A week is not enough, a month is not enough….Life isn’t enough! :S
lovely pictures, simply awesome !! 🙂
The photo of the child with the repaired plastic bucket says a lot about the resourcefulness of people living on an isolated island. I’ll bet the food there is wonderful.
Brain mis-fire–I don’t know why I said island. Please disregard my last comment.
You got it right – it is an island about 3 kilometres off the coast of Mozambique. It is accessible via a very narrow bridge. And you’re also right about the food. It is amazing. Think lobster kebabs.
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Hi. I just logged on and saw your post. My family was at Ilha just in March – beautiful place indeed. I enjoyed your pictures!
Thanks! Glad you made it there too.
I could definitely stay there more than a week.
Such gorgeous photos!
Beautiful! You should ALWAYS follow your dreams!
Btw, I LOVE the picture of the boy with the bucket, great job!
I feel for you when you say “a week is not enough”, I agree!
Great pics btw 😉
Great photos and congrats on being freshly pressed.
The photographs have truly captured the essence of island living. I recently returned from North India which was similar; endless photographic opportunities… I snapped 8000 in 6 weeks! A few are up at ani-shah.com, feel free to peek
Your post’s title is really what begged to be click on for for me. I know the feeling. I’m glad I did click on it though. Beautiful pictures!
The chair that is in front of the beach is for me, don’t take it please.
I love sight of the beach
Beautiful pictures and yes, I think I could spend a few months each year soaking up the colors! Thanks for the trip!
Nice emotive street photography, these pictures all evoke stories. Nicely done and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.
Great photos! Thanks for that – I’ve actually never even heard of the island, but will have to check it out!
Your photographs are gorgeous – the colors and the perspectives are beautiful. I’m trying to include nature photos with each of my blog posts, do you have any tips for getting more interesting shots?
I’m definitely not a photography expert – just lucky because I think its difficult to take a bad picture of Ilha!
seems like an awesome place to visit with, tnx for sharing!
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Such a nice old feel to this place…………Very nice pictures
nice pict and post 🙂 greetings
Looks a lot like Cuba!!!!
Those old flaky buildings….and the wonderful people! Awesome photo opportunities, so of course: this place would demand at least several weeks.
YAY!! Beautiful Pictures. I lived in Mtwara for awhile but never had the chance to go to Mosambique. Lovely pictures of the buildings and people. Check http://www.kibogoji.com sometimes. I am from Tanzania originally. Cheers!!
It is surprisingly difficult to get to Mozambique from Tanzania!
Beautiful pictures 🙂
So very beautiful.
Mocambique has got some of the most energetic kids, eh? 🙂
Sweet! Really nice pictures 🙂
Awesome pictures :d
First picture, I thought it was Greece. Proved Mozambique has the charms as well. Cool pics.
Amazing photo’s! It’s gotten me all excited for my trip to Mozambique in August..I’m only there for a day or two but these pictures make me want to extend my stay there!
We are running every day, trying to reach unreachable. And there, in other, poorer countries, people are happier, appreciate what they have, smile. I fully understand why you are tempted by this. I though exactly the same being in Thailand. But I am a coward. At least now, to do that. Maybe some day…
You photos are so beautiful.
I was in Mozambique a couple years ago and seeing your photos reminds me of the draw I have to go back..Thank you.
It is a wonderful country. I don’t want to leave.
Lovely shots…such warmth and personality….well done!!
Lovely blog. Beautiful photos 😀
Beautiful colors..beautiful scenes..u have a mastermind for photography!
I’m planning a year out to do nothing but travel and relax, these pics are truly inspiring
Great photos… Thanks
I love your blog! This pictures are awesome!!
Awesome blog i really like this
The sewn bucket is pretty telling.
what a different lifestyle
Beautiful pictures! What kind of camera do you use? Most impressed!
Thanks! I have a Nikon D40 (several years old, now, I don’t know if they still make that model…)
Those are amazing! Great job 🙂
i know a place like this :
blue sky, sun shine, good beach, old buildings, slow and lazy pace every where
I was immediately drawn to your gorgeous pictures. It truly looks like an enchanted place from another time. I enjoyed your bike tour story as well. What an adventure! If you’re interested in a story about another fall please visit my blog at http://thebumblefiles.wordpress.com. Best of luck to you. Great post!
Your photographs would make beautiful paintings! You’re a great photographer!
when 10 weeks is not enough!
great pictures! must have been a very special week. I was in Mocambique and Tanzania in 1995, but this Island must top all of this.
Beautiful place; simple and charming. The neighborhood seemed so friendly. Nice photos, by the way. 🙂
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Beautiful pictures from a beautiful place… 🙂
Sounds great, Ill come with you!
I was immediately drawn to your gorgeous pictures. It truly looks like an enchanted place from another time.
These are lovely!
I’m absolutely sure: a week is not enough! 🙂
I really Like the kids in the pictures….. Nice Post
Beautiful pictures that convey a real sense of the place – thank you! And congratulations on being pressed :)) Well deserved!
Thanks a lot!
Beautiful photos! Our family lived in Mozambique for 3 years (last one, husband had to return to Washington, DC, so I stayed with our 2 toddlers for an extra year); and we loved every second… Your photos do justice to the beauty of the island… Congrats!
Greetings from (currently) Recife, Brazil
Mozambique to Brazil…sounds wonderful. Where in Mozambique did you live?
Maputo… and worked traveling thru the 10 provinces…. 😮
Interesting digital picture of the little boy with the bucket on his head. What balance!! Thanks for showing me a world that I will not get a chance in my lifetime to go to. http://www.segmation.wordpress.com
This isn’t your first time to be freshly pressed, is it? And no wonder – your photos make me want to pack up and go right now. 🙂
I’ve been lucky twice…It’s still exciting though!
Of course! I must have sounded jealous (and perhaps I am a bit jealous), but I’m mostly glad to know that good work is recognized. I had remembered your blog from the last time you were freshly pressed! Good job!
That does look wonderful!
The tarnished colors are remarkable…
The scenes in the photos make one long for a simpler place.
What vibrant colors!! Amazing!
The smiles you’ve captured on film are contagious. Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful photos, though there seems to be a bit of sadness by all the disrepair. It’s nice to see the children smiling. May they have hope.
The color is fantastic even in the shade! Keep them coming!
I like fourth shot, it’s kind of cute candid shot!!
Beautiful Moçambique! One day I’d like to travel along all portuguese old colonies, from Brazil do India 🙂 If you need, I can help you with the portuguese!
An amazing series of photos! Bravo!
great pictures – certainly looks like a place where a week doesn’t even scratch the surface! thanks for sharing 🙂
I am tempted as well.
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Do it, its well worth it. We just did the same thing and sold everything we owned and headed for Ecuador. You can read about our adventures at
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