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  1. Rat kebab! Awesome, and yet more than mildly repulsive. I thought Ghanaian giant snails were a challenge (actually they still are, dirt mixed with mould and essence of dirty sock). Great post Lianne, even from the car, your photographs are beautiful; as are your words.

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  2. Hey my friend…You’ll be able to compile a book with all these stories… let us know when back this way with a gap…sharing a cold ale together is long overdue πŸ˜‰

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  3. “rat kebabs”. there used to be a rat restaurant in Guangzhou in southern China. fried rat, roast rat, …rats in black bean sauce,… never developed a taste for them myself.
    love the 2nd last pic: dusty sunset. i clicked to see full size. also the boy portrait.

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  4. Thanks for the Moz update Lianne – as always I have loved reading your news and your photos are fab. Must say – we never came across either rat kebabs or deep fried birds in our years there. Times have moved on – it used to just be dead ones, held up by the tails – for sale. Maybe folk have discovered their “wares” last longer when cooked!!??

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    • Thanks Lyn, we miss you peeps up here! The rat kebabs seem to be a new thing in this area, just before Nhamatanda! They seem to be taking after Malawi in more than one way – rat kebabs and burning huge areas! You should see the Inchope area, the trees are history 😦

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  5. I couldn’t agree more about the crappy shots one gets while driving in a car! So many times it has happened that a superb composition has been ruined by overhead electric wires running through the frame..sigh!

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  6. Your posts are so…romantic. Don’t get me wrong but they make me dream and feel a little envious for the richness of smells, sights and human experiences you get living so far from European routine. Your kids are lucky to grow up there!! Keep sharing, I love it.xx

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    • No not yet! Think I’d have to be stranded, starving and desperate before I found the courage to munch on a chargrilled rat! When you say you have encountered crispy quelea, I’m thinking, judging from your previous posts, it’s quite possible that you have sampled one yourself?

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  7. Excellent post, Lianne!

    I remember once being in one of those military convoys in someone’s car in Namibia, near the Angola border. There was no avoiding the potholes and slowing down was not an option: the driver of the car cried the whole way as his new vehicle lost bits and pieces along the way.

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    • You are spot on about the chaos of an African convoy Alessandro! It was a hair-raising experience. Even though there was a tank leading us which no-one was to pass, we still had every Mozambican freightliner and taxi motoring past us at speed, all trying to get to the front of the convoy. Yet we all got there at the same time, speed and dodgy passing maneuvers were so unnecessary! I think we must have a acquired at least one new crack to window screen from stones flicking up! Bloody maniacs, the lot of them! Thanks for comment πŸ™‚

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