The real Vilankulo
On the way to the museum, I got an insight into the real life of the people, who live in very simple conditions, far away from the tourist events. The houses are mainly built of bamboo, the roofs are made of tin and the properties are rarely fenced or have doors. Now and then modern buildings can be seen, but luxury can be not found here. Although the people do not own much, I had the impression that they are nevertheless very happy and content. I noticed this, for example, in how relaxed and friendly all the people that I met on the way were.
What impressed me most was how clean and tidy all the streets we passed were. This place exuded safety to me and the people were very welcoming. It is not for nothing that Vilankulo is called “the city of good people”.
As we drove past a woman selling homegrown mangoes and vegetables, I asked the driver to stop for a moment. Already in Maputo, I searched in vain for Mozambican mangos, because the mango season was already over, and the trees had hardly any fruit left. Therefore, this was a real moment of happiness for me.
When the paved road ended and we reached the sandy paths, the landscape overwhelmed me! The vegetation shone in rich green, trees, plants, and big coconut palms were everywhere, and also the bright blue ocean was very close.
How lucky people are to live in such a paradisiacal place.
Vilankulo and its people have left an impression on me and will definitely stay in my memory. I am already looking forward to the next visit to the “city of good people”.