A fish called Luanda?
Blog Guy, don’t you have a vacation coming up? I guess as a top travel writer you must know all the best destinations.
Yeah, I had been thinking about Dublin or Edinburgh, but then I read a travel piece called Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Luanda, Angola, and it totally sold me on going there.
Where will you stay? Are you going soon?
No, the article says getting a visa can take months, and hotel rooms are scarce and very expensive.
That’s what credit cards are for, right?
No, it says I should take lots of cash, since credit cards are rarely accepted.
Apart from getting a visa are there any other special preparations?
It says to get a yellow fever shot, and to arrange for a driver since there are very few taxis.
Are there any great places to eat there?
You bet. The article recommends Cais de Cuatro. Says it’s one of the most expensive restaurants in town. Great fish, but slow service. Then I’m going to Palos, to sample Luanda’s nightlife.
Nightlife! Your chance to raise the roof!
Well no, it says there isn’t a roof at Palos.
Jeez, Blog Guy, I’m kind of tired of Luanda already. Can we leave now?
Sure thing. The article says to allow four hours to get to the airport, on account of the mammoth traffic jams.
Well I’m not going to Luanda if it’s over-run with tourists.
Not to worry. The article also says, “hardly any tourists come here.” I can’t imagine why not.
An Angolan fisherman sits by his boat against the backdrop of the capital Luanda, January 20, 2010.
Faded colonial architecture sits next to the headquarters of the Angolan state oil company Sonagol, in Luanda January 20, 2010.
REUTERS photos by Mike Hutchings