The remarkable truth about living in Luanda
Jorge and I are living in Luanda for roughly 2 years. Jorge had a job opportunity to work in Luanda. In 2011 he used to go to Luanda just for 2 or 3 months, but In 2013 he came permanently to Luanda for 3 years. I came to Luanda after a year (tired of being apart from him), and started working in a clinic of physiotherapy.
We live in the city center, near my clinic. Sometimes life in Luanda isn’t easy, there aren’t the facilities of western Europe, sometimes we don’t have water or electricity, the traffic is nerve-wracking, and there are not a lot of entertainment opportunities. And it is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
But there are many good things: the fruit here is delicious, I never tasted such a good pineapples, mangoes and papayas; the passion fruits are huge as the avocados. The fish and sea food are excellent, as well as some traditional dishes like “muamba de galinha”, “mufete” and beans in palm oil.
The weather is great, you can wear a t-shirt and shorts all day, every day (not like Portugal or almost every other place). There is no winter here, just “Cacimbo”, it’s a warm and grey weather, there isn’t sunshine but neither it rains for 3 months.
Angola is an ex colony of Portugal so the official language is Portuguese.It became independent in 1975, but was in civil war during 27 years. The main income comes from oil extraction, so there are many expats in Luanda, from all over the world, many working for the oil and parallel industries. There are lot of Portuguese working also in other sectors like construction, restaurants and other services. I work in the heath sector in a private clinic as a physiotherapist, it is rewarding working here but there are a lot of challenges with the most simple things. For e.g. having access to the most simple products, relying in your working colleagues, absenteeism of the patients.
There are a lot of social and political problems in Angola but i wish and am hopeful that in the future they start correcting some of the major problems like education, heath care, and overall infrastructures.
Luanda per se isn’t a very beautiful city to visit, except for very specific things like the “marginal” and the island (which isn’t an island is a peninsula). But the some of the provinces are more visually appealing like Benguela, Malange or Lubango. And there are a lot of beautiful beaches like “Cabo Ledo”, “Mussulo” and ” Sangano”. The water is warm and calm, and the sand is white.
In the end, I’m pleased that we got the opportunity of living in Luanda and we are enjoying the experience of being an expat. We will continue to share with you our adventures and expect your opinions on it.