A week after we arrived in Mozambique, we took a three-hour journey in a tugboat with the kids to a tiny island off the coast of Maputo. The tugboat was cramped and, like most things in Mozambique, had a scent that was less-than-pleasing to the nose. Those things were forgotten, though, in the thrill of being out on the Indian Ocean with some of the people that I love the most in the world, heading to an island for an adventure. We hopped (literally) out of the tugboat into a motor boat in the middle of the ocean for the ride to the shore, which contrasted stunningly with the cliffs behind it. The island was breathtaking and the water was crystal clear, making it easy to spot starfish on the bottom of the ocean. The day was spent splashing, catching crabs, playing soccer on the beach, picnicking, and relaxing, and it ended much too quickly. The return journey was tiring but the picture of the sun setting over the Maputo skyline made it worth it. Words aren’t sufficient to describe the amount of fun we had or to accurately capture the beauty of the island, so hopefully these pictures will be worth more than a thousand words and will offer a glimpse into the adventure of traveling to Ilha de Inhaca.
Hello! My name is Emilee Sullivan. I am a fourth-year student at the University of Oklahoma planning to graduate with a Spanish degree this spring before continuing my education in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. My plans were a little shaken up last fall when left nursing school and decided to change my major a week before my senior year began, but I’ve finally found what I love and it is the most wonderful adventure.