Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

On Sunday, we went to Macaneta Beach, which is only 19 miles north of Maputo, but takes several hours to get there, because first we drive an hour to Marracuene, and then wait for the ferry to fill up and take the ferry across the Nkomati River, and then drive a really bumpy muddy 4 mile road through lots of cows and "road workers" to the beach. But it is very beautiful there!
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Oh, this is supposed to be wordless, right? I forgot. OK, just a few captions now . . .
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Here is the six-vehicle ferry we take across the river.

They cram as much as they can on there before they will go across. Here is one truck trying to squeeze on, until the ferry guys finally realized it wouldn't even fit on the loading ramp. (They don't bother lifting the loading ramps up all the way before the ferry goes, since the vehicles hang out over the ramps.)
Here is a collective fishing effort on the beach - pulling the nets in together . . .

And a classic grandpa-grandbaby photo!


Me and my friend K playing in a sand pit. The police came and told us to fill it up, because holes are illegal on this beach. Can you tell there's not enough crime in this country?
And what do you think of my brand new genuwhine "Rolex" watch? It has a zillion diamonds on it! I LOVE it!

(Oh, the story on the watch. At the ferry a vendor convinced Daddy to buy a sports watch - he really needed a watch - by guaranteeing it for a week. Daddy even put it under water to verify that it was waterproof. Then he wore it in the water at the beach, and it fogged up. So he tried to return it on the way back, but the vendor tried to sell him this "Rolex" instead. So we got stuck with the sports watch and the Rolex instead of getting money back - two pieces of junk for the price of one. Cool, huh?)

15 comments:

Kori said...

Wow-he guaranteed it for a whole week? Ha ha, that made me laugh. So did the photos of the ferry so filled up! It sounds like a wonderful time and what a beautiful place!

Debra said...

Esme...

How much fun! Hold on to that Rolex, one day it may be worth something...tee hee

God bless you, Esme

dani said...

esme,
that is too funny about your daddy's watch:b so much for guaranteeing it for a week, huh!!!
you are such a beach beauty:)
love,
dani

Sandra said...

You just took me back in time, I LOVE Macaneta. I vividly remember that ferry LOL

What I loved most about Macaneta was having the beach on one side and the river on the other, we ate at the restaurant with all those bungalows. Never have I had such fresh fish....thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Hugs,
Sandra

Melissa B. said...

Love the snaps AND the words! Thanks for sharing!!

Donna said...

It looks like a lovely day at the beach! Hugs!

Midlife Mom said...

Beautiful beach pictures! Great WW even if it did have some words! lol! The Rolex cracked me up, what a hoot!

One Mom said...

So glad you had some fun in the sand pit before it "closed." Tell your Daddy that he can get another Rolex just like that one in NYC - no problem!

texasholly said...

That picture of the cramming another car on which obviously is not going to fit is priceless! OMG.

ispeakbeanish said...

I love the pictures! The fishing one and the one of grandpa and Esme are perfect!

Christie O. said...

oooh yes, it's like getting a prado purse in new york!!
:)

i love that picture of grandpa and granddaughter. precious!

Alana said...

Hello there! Wanted to stop by and thank you for your comment on my blog. I've had fun looking over you blog...so nice to "meet" you!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

That watch is awesome...genuwhine indeed! :) Love the pic of grandpa and baby.

angie said...

LOVE the picture above your Rolex! :) You'll have to participate in Wordful Wednesday next week! :)

mamajil said...

Love the extended guarantee on the watch!!

Wow digging in the sand in not allowed...hmmmm

It looks like you had fun despite all of this! :)