So excitement spread through Beira yesterday like wildfire as KFC finally opened its doors!! The obligatory selfie photos of people grabbing their first KFC came flooding in via the multiple WhatsApp groups we have here. We have these amazing and supportive WhatsApp groups which keep us all connected. These groups provide advice, support and help when you are miles away from any family. This support network is vital and makes Beira the place it is. The sense of community here amongst the expats but also the local Mozambicans is incredible. Without this Beira could be a very lonely place and negativity can quickly set in with only the darker side of Beira experienced. This does also mean you can’t fart here in Beira without someone knowing about it!! Which I quickly discovered when my friend sent me this photo- busted!!
Yep, I grabbed up my snotty two-year-old and bundled him into our truck and off we went to this magical world of fast-food! A novelty to us here! Now as mentioned in previous posts I was skeptical about the ability of Beira being able to provide ‘fast food.’ But I must say I was pleasantly surprised! Ok so the parking was a bit of a shambles, and for some reason, KFC thought it was a good idea to write half the menu in English in a country whose primary language is Portuguese? So you can imagine that did cause some confusion! But even with all of this, we didn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes for our food, the staff were friendly and helpful and the whole experience, which had the potential of being a nightmare, was rather a pleasant one!
There was also a sense of real community in there, people from all nationalities, colors all standing together chatting and waiting in anticipation. This ‘neighborly’ feel that I felt while standing in line, reverts to what I was talking about at the beginning of this post about community. Beira is a multinational, cosmopolitan city, with so many different cultures, languages spoken and religions worshipped, and for the best part, everyone seems to get a long. It works. One of the ever-growing reasons why I enjoy living here, I love diversity and thrive off it and what it can teach me.
I will sign off with one of my favorite quotes:
“Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow.”