Maputo fish market

I was going through some old photos and this one from the fish market in Maputo brought a smile to my face. It’s been about 15 years, gosh – yet I remember well wandering through this lively bazaar and chatting with these friendly, cheeky ladies.

The Maputo fish market was near the beach – still is, I expect, and everything from the sea was for sale: tiger fish and just about every other kind of ectothermic gill-bearing aquatic animal; there were crab, crayfish, shrimp, clams – all of it incredibly fresh. At the market, you can buy fish to take home, or, curiously, pop over to one of the restaurans in the vicinity and watch them cook it (i.e. grill it over charcoal) for you for 100 meticais or thereabouts (a couple of euros), rice and veggies included.

My fish-loving 12-year-old would love it. In fact, perhaps Mozambique should be our next holiday spot. Now, to find a horse for her to ride…

World at a Glance is a series of short articles here on Sophie’s World, with a single photo – portraying curious, evocative, happy, sad or wondrous, unexpected little encounters.