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even better


completely repainted! our house looks so much fresher, so much cleaner! it took a while, between the painter who says he’ll arrive at 7am and arrives three days later at 11am, and the owner of the house who told us he’d pay half now and half later on, and then ending up that we pay everything and in january he’ll take it off the rent. between the trash they left behind when they were done and the water pump that stopped working on day, the day when i sweated the most and had to take a shower with water bottles.. everything happened.


but doesn’t she look lovely tonight?! the house looks adorable, at least to us. we only painted the front part… the rest of the house thanks to our own papaia tree against the wall you don’t see it, so we didn’t paint it!



the front gate is my pride and joy, it looked so old and it needed help. some fresh white paint, and it looks perfect!

now, the house needs tons of other things and i won’t deny that it could use lots of help, but actually only on the outside, if i could i’d take all the pavement of the patio and repave it, but… either i have lots of money or just lots of patience, because if for painting they take a week to start, then to repave it all… it’ll take the 2 years we’re here!

the house of the sun street is ready to host our first real guests, my sister Filipa and my “cousin” Margarida.


our new home

it took a while for us to make the decision, but i think we knew the moment we walked in this house where Rosinha and João have shared so much for the last 8 months (also the house where he asked her to marry him… maybe it was really in the stars!!!), where they have created a great and comfy space, and where they welcomed us, complete strangers, into their home and shared it completely.

i fell in love because not of it’s beauty, but of it’s comfort. i also liked the thought of not having to look any further, we tried, i swear we tried, we saw one house, spoke to two agencies, and hear three people say “are you nuts? don´t look anymore, if you like it, for that price and those conditions you´re better off not even knowing what disasers people call houses in this city!” so enough said.

it’s decided, because i’m sure, most importantly this house on the Street of the Sun, number 39 chose us that first moment when we arrived still a bit scared of all of this new adventure.

the pictures i´m showing are from the facade, but if you want to see more of how it looks now, you can take a peak through their eyes… if you can read portuguese you´ll even be lucky to read it, but the pictures are nice. this way i´ll only have to show more when we do more work on it. we´re thinking of repainting the facade and arranjing the flowers in the entrance.

here is:

the kitchen 

the bathroom, the living/dining room, the master bedroom, the guest room… and the other guest room is missing
so, what do you think? the people in the picture are the current renters who we are staying with.

and for those who actually are thinking “oh they actually live in a house!”, those who thought i´d go live in a loveshack, not really, like i said a thounsand time, Maputo is a city not the african jungle!!!! eheheh