TRAVEL TREASURE #5 – Hitch-Hiking, Happiness & Hair Braiding

This week’s delightful little travel treasure is about happiness found in a moment of spontaneity.

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 Hitch-Hiking, Happiness & Hair Braiding

by Dariece of Goats On The Road

Hitch-Hiking, Happiness & Hair Braiding

It was a long journey travelling (and hitch-hiking) all the way from the south of Mozambique to the very northern reaches. We were desperate to reach the untouched Quirimbas Archipelago, a string of 27 or so stunning islands. Once we boarded our boat to take us to Ibo Island, every minute spent in dusty towns, on cramped transportation and stuck on the side of the road with our thumbs out was totally worthwhile.

We wandered through mangroves at low tide from Ibo Island over to Quirimba Island, with nothing more than a small village. The local people who inhabited that village were outstanding. Kids were greeting us with waves and hellos, the tiny market sold a few vegetables and coconuts and the men and women were looking curiously at us with huge smiles.

We spent the whole day just wandering around this village where they rarely (if ever) see foreign faces. We chased kids around and tried to communicate with the adults. Towards the end of the day was when I experienced one of my most treasured travel moments. I was just sitting there minding my own business, totally content, when a woman about my age came out of her house, grabbed my hair and started braiding it! Before I knew it, I had a group of people surrounding me watching my new hair-do come to life. If that wasn’t random and amazing enough, afterwards, her and I started dancing while everyone was making a drum beat!

It was just one of those moments where no words were spoken, but we understood each other perfectly.

For more on this amazing country, have a look at our Budget Guide To Backpacking Mozambique

and our Backpacking Mozambique – A Week In The Life video of a crazy week in Mozambique.

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