How to cope with cold weather – the Mozambican way

I once lived in the UK, Scotland in fact. It felt like the prelude to life in the arctic. From growing up in sunny South Africa, accustomed to a fairly mild climate, Scotland came as a rude awakening. No amount of Scotch whisky could warm my blood. And although I soaked up the Scot’s warm hospitality, it felt like it was more a case of, “yeah, yeah – we know you’re cold, now get on with it!” That saying comes to mind –‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain!’ Only in my case, it wasn’t dancing in the rain; it was more like dancing while being snow-blasted on the way to work and having a ridiculous smile on my face while doing so.

But after some time, I got used to it – the snow-blasting wasn’t so scary anymore nor the wind which could easily lift someone up and send them on their merry way to the other side of the world. In fact, I will say that I was quite pleased with myself. I became a self-professed hardcore weather nut.

So when I moved to Mozambique (the opposite extreme of Scottish weather) I would tackle it like a Viking! I would adapt. The summers in Mozambique are relentless. By the end of the hot season, our blood is as thin as water, occasionally forcing us to turn the air cons off in the evenings during the winter months! But make no mistake, it can get cold here. Sometimes an icy cold front is blown up here all the way from the Antarctic. It’s not often, but it does happen! Last week, we had our first bout of cold winter rain. We’ve been firing up the kettle ever since, enjoying mugs of hot chocolate and even firing up pots of butternut soup!

I took the time to find out how the Mozambican’s deal with shitty weather. These are my findings: –

1. Most of your body warmth either leaves via the feet – ALWAYS wear blue socks.
Blue Socks

2. Or it leaves via the head. Wear a beanie and fake fur.
Keeping warm

3. Babies are especially susceptible to the cold. Wrap them up tight, even if it means parting with your own blanket.
Keep warm II

3. Take precautions – pump yourself with Vitamin C. Eat oranges.
Orange Eater II

4. Make a fire and prepare a hot meal.

5. Don’t get caught in the rain. Find shelter.
Wall Protection

6. But if you do, be sensible. Keep your clothes dry by placing them in a plastic bag and walk naked down the middle of a dual carriage way.
Keeping the clothes dry

7. A broken umbrella is better than no umbrella.
Lunch Fetcher

7. Enjoy a bit of indoor entertainment. Play a board game.
Board Game

8. Or pamper yourself. Visit your local beauty salon. Get a haircut.

9. Or just sit around and drink beer.
Drink beer

10. There is always the cinema…
The Cinema

11. I know, some of us must work regardless of the weather…

12. Or take the kids to school….
Road to School

13.  So when the sun shines, we’ve got to make the most it!
Washing day II

“In the heat of the day, the grass is greener where you water it!”
Neil Barringham

36 replies »

  1. loved your post and you are right about our blood going thin in that we even have aircon on winter (and now and again put it off). but then again, Africa gets into ones blood and it is very difficult to get rid of it


  2. Incredible photos, I would love to go there someday – would definitely be eye opening to how others live. Your blog is so inspiring that I have to follow! Please check out mine if you get a chance, I’m new to wordpress and would love to hear any feedback you may have.. Keep up the great work! Liv 🙂


  3. Lovely , natural pictures, I like them a lot. Thanks for coming over to my own wee blog and liking ‘Lee Side Walk’, it is realy appreciated. My guess is you might also like some of the Cahirmee Fair photographs. Now to take a fuller look around your site. MM 🍀


  4. Oh my goodness. This was FABULOUS!!! I laughed out loud—I kid you not—at the man walking naked in the middle of the road… I have *got* to go to Africa. Not because of the naked man, of course—that was awkward—but because of everything else! Wow, I didn’t realize you were going into your cold season there… This was so clever!!! I just can’t get over it. Thank you. And I know what you mean about adjusting to weather… I had a hard time when I moved from dry California to super humid Taiwan. Still don’t know how I’d do in super cold weather, though…. Anyway, thanks for sharing. And sorry it took me so long to read and respond! Been a busy few days! Hope you’re well!


    • Thank you Jessica, so glad you enjoyed it! The naked man in the middle of the street is definitely one of those only in Africa moments! It just shows – carry your camera with you all the time because there is no telling what you might see! I can just imagine Taiwan – that hot humid heat with air that is heavy and I imagine, polluted! It would take anyone some time getting use to!

      And sorry for my late reply – but your responses are always appreciated, Thanks 🙂


    • Without a doubt – the naked man is my favourite too! I had a really good laugh and so did everyone else! I had my window down and there seemed to be a ripple of raucous laughter on the street!


    • Thank you Bart 🙂 I must say I did have a few good laughs this week! I also saw a policeman riding a bicycle with a bandito he had arrested. The bandito was handcuffed and getting a ride to the police station on the same bike. That was right after I saw the naked man walking down the middle of the street! A bit of humour always helps things a long!


  5. having been to the Uk in mid winter , dancing there was a case of survival in keeping warm. in africa dancing in the rain is feeling like you are five yeas old even if you are fifty ++++. and this is why we love Africa.


    • Enjoyed your post, and even more so as I am from Scotland and back living here again (must be mad) after living in S.A. for 35yrs. Came back last yr oct. This is the 3rd time I have come back and tried to settle and find its not easy. a lot of pro’s and cons and free medical helps a lot, but Africa is in my blood and its hard not to think a lot about it and miss it. I havent been to mozambique before but through the blog sites have picked up a lot about the place and always thought about living there, time will tell.

      Jimmy (from a sunny Scotland at the moment) !!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s