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Postcards from Maputo

I first landed in Maputo over a month ago on a working trip and I instantly fell in love. The streets are very colourful, full of character and the Portuguese colonial heritage lingers in every cobble stone street. 

After settling at the Polana Serena – a local landmark and a place known for hosting business meetings at its bar overlooking the Maputo bay – I took my camera and went to explore the city before my meetings, scheduled to start on the next morning. 

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The city is small, with less than 990,000 of the 25 million population living there, and very easy to navigate. All the landmarks are close to the sea, either downtown or near the Polana and Sommerschield neighbourhoods. 

Four weeks later, in the peak of the Southern African summer, I came back on another work trip and the impressions only grew bigger. Some of them are reflected on my postcards below. 

Morning run after a stormy night.

Morning run after a stormy night.

Capulanas in the air. Colours on the streets.

Capulanas in the air. Colours on the streets.

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URSS-like architectural legacy in Maputo.

URSS-like architectural legacy in Maputo.

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Washed high tech Maputo.

Washed high tech Maputo.

Local colours during a little walk at sunset.

Local colours during a little walk at sunset.

The glory of a 6AM run. Under pink skies.

The glory of a 6AM run. Under pink skies.

November in Maputo. Summer evenings by Maputo Bay.

November in Maputo. Summer evenings by Maputo Bay.

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Priscila Azevedo Rocha is a financial journalist and economist based in London since 2013. Passionate about traveling, she is always keen on discovering new places by tasting the local food.