Luanda: Put Picture Postcards in Your Pack
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Paper shop in Luanda
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Less then a week in Luanda left me with almost more questions than answers. I only saw the capital of Angola, a country which after 500 years of Portuguese colonialism fell into a brutal civil war which lasted for nearly three decades and is full of contradicting extremes.

The United Nations rank countries according to a so called Human Development Index. Angola is ranked on 148 out of 187. At the same time, only Nigeria pumps & exports more oil in Africa than Angola. Two out of three Angolans live on 2 USD or less a day, but for the second time in a row, Luanda was ranked the most expensive capital in the world. Obviously, expats might live different lives, but in general the country heavily depends on imports – even food. Due to extensive laying of landmines throughout the countryside during the war, agricultural activities came to a near standstill, and the country now imports most of its food. Crazy.

If you search a bit, you find a cheap beer and food on the streets, but a club sandwich for 25USD, a small bottle of water for 5USD, a simple room to stay (which would cost 3 dollars in Thailand) for 50 USD…that’s pretty normal in Angola.
The stationary shop in Luanda (Angola) was closed when I passed, so I was not able to ask how much postcards would cost. I guess it would be a good & cheaper idea if you bring your own with you. Surely you will have enough to write back home from this great place.

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