Luanda Local Customs

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    Portuguese Products are popular

    by MarioPortugal Updated May 25, 2006

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    Interesting to see that Portuguese Products are quite popular in Luanda (and it seems that the same rule applies for all Angola in general).

    Portuguese beers such as Sagres, Super Bock, and Cristal definitely lead the way.

    Other products are also quite popular: Ramirez tuna canned fish, also Inês canned fish, Delta coffee, Mimosa milk, Compal fruit juices, some major portuguese branded wines, and also GALP gasoline stations, etc .....

    Delta Coffee Sagres beer Super Bock beer Ramirez tuna - canned fish Mimosa milk
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    Street Sellers - The road to Viana (from Luanda)

    by MarioPortugal Written May 30, 2006

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    Due to its flat and open area and also to its proximity to Luanda, Viana involved itself as Angola's industrial city.

    I've noticed that it's terrible the traffic between Luanda and Viana. It looks like it is rush hour all day long !!!

    Because cars are packed on the road and quite often traffic runs in low gear, street sellers take their chance. They walk on the road between cars and show off their various products trying to catch the interest of any potential buyer.

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    Blue Soda: 100% Angolan

    by MarioPortugal Updated Dec 2, 2010

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    Once I got in Luanda I immediately noticed the cool Blue soda advertising billboards. This sodas' street advertising is really, really good.

    No wonder why those outdoor billboards keep being robbed by the locals for private home decoration. :)

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    No problem to block a street for 15 minutes

    by globetrott Written Jun 4, 2016

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    There was not a lot of cartrafic in Luanda on a Sunday morning in April 2016. Compared to places in the rest of the world our "Tourist-bus-convoy" obviously also had some very special "rights" that other cars did not get. And so our 8 buses, plus an ambulance and 2 policemotorbikes and a policecar simply blocked the whole trafic in that narrow street in front of the Museum of Antropology, while we left the buses. Then we had 30 minutes in the museum on our own and during that time the buses went somewhere else and returned again blocking that street again for about 15 minutes untill the last one of our tourmembers was back on the bus again and we could go on.
    No angry hooping was heared, everybody was just waiting for us in patience, where else in the world this would be possible without screaming, discussions, hooping and even violence ?
    Seems that the population of Angola is used to such situations !

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    muddy streets in the city

    by globetrott Written Jun 4, 2016

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    When you drive around Luanda you will see that some parts of the city look great and then in the next moment you will pass a place where mud and dirt was obviously not taken away for a very long time and nobody seems to care about it. Just like in front of the church Igreja de nossa Senhora dos remedios, where right in front of the church the street was covered by mud and it was quite hard for us to find a dry place to cross the street.

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    local Musical instruments

    by globetrott Written Jun 4, 2016

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    In the innercourt of the Museum of Antropology in Luanda we saw this musician who was performing some local music, while our tourgroup was walking through the museum. It was great to watch him and I also made a short video of him, so you will be able to enjoy his music as well.

    Interesting as well to take a closer look at his special cap with "2 ears" hanging down.

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    a white man and a snake

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    This is another quite interesting exhibit that I saw next to the seat of the clan-chief in the museum of Antropolgy in Luanda: it shows obviously a white man with a funny hat and a stupid (or maybe serious) expression in his face and a snake that is trying to maybe attack him from below. Unfortunately there was no further explanations given there !

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    the most popular beer is called CUCA

    by globetrott Written Jun 4, 2016

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    In case that you want to enjoy somelocal beer in Angola: Cuca is the name of a local beer, it was advertised at all of the places we visited in Angola and so I decided to taste a can of it, that was in the choice of canned drinks that were offered as a part of our sightseeingtour.
    Not as good as an european beer, but very refreshing and good taste !

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    The guards of Palacio de Ferro

    by globetrott Updated Jun 4, 2016

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    It was interesting for me to learn that 2 local female guards were in charge of the entrancegates to Palacio de Ferro in Luanda. It was no problem to take their pictures and everybody was very friendly to us. The guards opened the gates for our convoy, all of our cars, buses and police-motorbikes parked inside the fence of the Palacio de Ferro and when we left again, they obviously also locked the gates again. (we had come on a sunday and unfortunately I have no idea about the openingtimes of this palace !)

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    balancing ladies

    by globetrott Written Jun 4, 2016

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    Luanda is a great place to find local ladies balancing their goods and merchandise perfectely on their head, in most cases totally without the help of any hand. This is obviously done just by the women, never by men in Angola!
    The ladies place a round piece of cloth between their head and the thing they place above of it and thats it.
    You will see all kinds of goods transported that way all over the country !

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    a Mantis religiosa visiting the museum

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    I was lucky to see this small animal "exploring" the exhibits in the museum in the Fortress San Miguel in Luanda. Obviously this is a Mantis religiosa that is also called with the common name praying mantis (=Gottesanbeterin in german)
    This is a species of animal where the female part is eating up the male part right after the copulation...

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    The seat of a clan chief

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    This seat of a local clan chief that is similar to a throne and all of the scuptures that are shown on this seat have a certain meaning, but we were not given any more explanations about it , what a pity ! We have seen a similar throne in the museum of Lobito, but it was a lot smaller, with less sculptures and also no fur on the seat there, just wood.

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    Quilmes - Argentinean Beer

    by MarioPortugal Updated May 30, 2006

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    Angola in general and Luanda in particular is an huge market on beer consumption.

    Quilmes - an Argentinean beer, is marketing hard in Luanda to get its own market share in this African country.

    Pedro Mendes, Quilmes lady, and Mr Helder

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    The pavement of Palacio de Ferro

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    This is the pavement of Palacio de Ferro and while the rest of the building is certainly made by Gustave Eiffel, this pavement looks much more like made by the Portughese, who have a lot of phantasy and great skills in making pavements and mosaiques that seem to be 3-dimensional like these floors of the Palacio de Ferro / The Iron Palace in Luanda.

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    Paying off the Locals

    by pym256 Written Jan 28, 2004

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    It is customary, when you park anywhere public, to find a number of street kids running up to you, introducing themselves, and being friendly. This is the process of "hiring" a "car attendant" to "watch" your car. Usually this is ok, but it amounts to paying a bribe to encourage them not to steal things off your vehicle.

    Typically, 200 kwanza is good. You can be mobbed upon return, so watch your belongings, do not unlock any doors you're not using right at that moment (the mob will try your doors to see if they can get a quick theft) and walk around your car before unlocking to inspect for damage (side mirrors are stolen a lot and people will try to pry the locks off the doors with screwdrivers, so check those). If things look ok, pay the kid you met when you arrived.

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