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    Kaya Ka Hina: "My House" in Xai Xai

    by MarioPortugal Updated Dec 12, 2006

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    Named Kaya ka Hina in the local dialect, it translates to "My House" in english.

    Servers wear uniform at this simple restaurant. This would be an affordable restaurant for any foreigner visitor to Xai-Xai.

    I experienced my whole meal with the sound of the TV's soap opera all over the room. Apparently, all guests were actually very keen to watch the personal "dramas" that were being shown on the TV. !!!

    Food being served is local traditional or a mix of Mozambican & Portuguese dishes. Guests will have an wide option from cow meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.

    Four traditional portuguese Bacalhau (Cod Fish) dishes are on the Menu:
    > Bacalhau Cozido ................. 280 MTn (about 8.5 euros = $6.5 USD)
    > Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa' ... 270 MTn (about 8.2 euros = $6.2 USD)
    > Bacalhau a Braz .................. 270 MTn (about 8.2 euros = $6.2 USD)
    > Bacalhau Assado ................ 270 MTn (about 8.2 euros = $6.2 USD)

    The Special of the Day would cost 100 Meticais (about 3 Euros).

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Xai-Xai Local Customs

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    5 Meticais toll to enter the Xai Xai

    by MarioPortugal Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    Entering the city of Xai Xai from the southern entrance, there's a 5 Meticais toll per car (5,000 of old Meticais) (=about 15 euro cents) to get into the City.

    The tool is located after the bridge right before entering Xai Xai.

    Toll prices

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    Eduardo Mondlane bust on the local...

    by MarioPortugal Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    Eduardo Mondlane bust on the local Central Square.

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    Some regard Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane (1920-1969) as the father of Mozambican independence. [...]

    In 1962, Mondlane was elected president of the newly formed Mozambican Liberation Front (Frente de Libertação de Moçambique or FRELIMO), which was comprised of elements from smaller nationalist groups. In 1963, he settled FRELIMO headquarters outside of Mozambique in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Supported both by the West and the USSR, FRELIMO began a guerilla war in 1964 to obtain Mozambique's independence from Portugal. In 1969, a bomb was planted in a book then sent to him at the FRELIMO secretariat. It exploded, killing him. After Gladio "stay-behind" secret army's discovery in the 1990s, it was discovered that the Portuguese branch of Gladio had murdered him.

    By the early 1970s, FRELIMO's 7,000-strong guerilla force had wrested control of much of the central and northern parts of the country from the Portuguese authorities and was engaging a Portuguese force of approximately 60,000 men. In 1975, Portugal and FRELIMO negotiated Mozambique's independence, which came into effect in June of that year. After this, a Marxist one-party state formed in the capital, Maputo, following a coup d'état. This situation rapidly degraded and the country sank into a civil war that ended only in 1992.

    Mondlane's death was mourned at a state funeral in 1969 which was officiated by his Oberlin classmate and friend the Reverend Edward Hawley, who said during the ceremonies that Mondlane "...laid down his life for the truth that man was made for dignity and self-determination."

    In 1975, the Universidade Lourenço Marques, given the colonial name of the capital Lourenço Marques, was renamed Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, or Eduardo Mondlane University. It is still located in the capital, (now called Maputo).

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