Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Huíla: Tundavala

Tundavala Gorge is a volcanic fissure in a mountain outside of Lubango. It is a dramatic place to watch a sunset, or to throw rocks down the gorge and listen to the echo. The rock formations look like nothing else I´ve seen. Can you tell by now what an amazing time we had in Huíla? Thanks Akisha!

The road leading to Tundavala has many interesting rock formations as well:

Maybe God likes to put birds on things too?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lubango: O Cristo Rei

The Cristo Rei sits on a mountain overlooking the entire city of Lubango. At night, the statue is lit up with a spotlight. Many families visit the Cristo Rei on Sunday afternoons.

Children climb the winding staircase to the top.

Children pose while their parents take pictures in front of the Cristo.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Huíla: Images of Lubango

Lubango surrounded by picturesque mountains. If you look very carefully at the top of the mountain in this photo, you can see the Cristo Rei, a very large statue of Christ, with his arms spread out over the city. It is very much like the statue in Rio de Janeiro, though a little smaller. At night time they light up the Christ with a spotlight so you can see it from the valley, even in the dark.

Akisha in front of the school where she teaches.

Fresh Yogurt!

O Pensador, this sculpture is an iconic Angolan image of a man deep in thought. We saw this life sized Pensador at a wood carving work shop in Lubango.

We visited the cultural museum. I couldn´t take any pictures inside, but I could in the yard. These are some old sculptures left over from the colonial period. I don´t know who the men were. I suppose they used to be famous, but have now been forgotten about.

Old mail boxes in Akisha´s apartment building.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Huíla: Serra da Leba

Serra da Leba seems to be the name for this entire area of mountains and waterfalls. But when Angolans talk about Serra da Leba, this road is usually what they are imagining. The serpentine road that connects Lubango with Namibe is iconic, appearing on old postcards, advertisements, music videos. I couldn´t find much information about its contruction online, but I will keep looking because I´m very interesting to know who designed it and when.

This is the valley with the waterfalls, where we were hiking in the previous posts. It is just to the left of the road.

Huíla: Waterfalls at Serra da Leba II

Friday, October 21, 2011

Huíla: Waterfalls at Serra da Leba

Last weekend, Tyree and I flew to Lubango, a city in Huíla Province (check out the map in the upper right-hand corner!). We went to visit my friend Akisha who is teaching English at a teacher´s college. We had an amazing time and saw some beautiful places. The photographs in this post were taken by Akisha.

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Lubango: A Cidade Velha