Wow, I can’t even keep up with a simple five minute post each day! But school’s out now until January, so I have loads of time!
As I mentioned before, Christmas is not really celebrated in Mozambique, although the commercialism surrounding Christmas is on the rise, including pressure to give gifts, which means theft is high at this time of year. You wouldn’t think that the picture of the crab vendor is very Christmas-y, but first of all, it’s summer right now in Moz. And second of all, he probably wasn’t even aware that it was Christmas. He was the first person I saw outside of the Gobas apartment on Christmas morning, and it struck me how very normal the day was – not feeling like a holiday at all. Certainly my Moz family, who I was staying with at the time, didn’t have any major plans. They were surprised when I gave them a little gift, and they weren’t even planning to do anything as a family. I ended up going with Mae Ana to her mother’s house in the morning. For lunch I went to Brazilian/Hawaiian friends. In the evening I ate pizza and watched a movie with some British friends.