6 things I learned LIVING in Angola

  • Tungas

    The best thing of Luanda is the airport when we come back to our beloved Portugal.

  • Eldine Chilembo

    I think you’re being a little too negative. The crime rate in this country is as bad as any other country. The street vendors are trying to earn a living and their products are a lot cheaper than the grocery stores or you wouldn’t be trying to buy from them and bargain with someone who clearly makes a lot less than you do.
    I would like to see more posts from experts that focus on why they continue to stay in Angola inspite of many inconveniences because unlike Angolans, you have a choice to be here. So painting a negative picture is like rubbing it in every Angolans face that we are pretty much stuck with this “shitty” life.
    Maybe next time focus on the beautiful people you meet, the amazing views of Angola, the great food, the music, the resilience, and all things good. Maybe focus on the reason you stayed so long. Like the good pay and the benefits. #MyThoughts #ProudlyAngolan

    • I don’t think the post is negative at all, or it wasn’t written with that conception. But even if it was, everything has its good and bad and focusing just on the bright side of anything isn’t going to help much either. You can be proud but still critic of what isn’t good. Take a look at the other posts about Angola 🙂 Actually we are writing a post more focused on working as expat, and what you can expect and what you are expected. I think you will like it.

    • José

      I’ve been living and working in Angola for 4 years and this is what I think:
      Safety: in the beginning people were just robbed, but not like in any other city! Here you are robbed with guns! I know some people that gave up being here… Now it is different, because of the economic situation. Now, instead of people just being robbed (Money, phone) can also be kidnapped and they ask for a lot of Money (up to 15.000.000 Kz). If you are a female pray not to be kidnapped… Until now this applies to asian people, but we never now what happens in the future…
      About the food: you can have the same great food in Portugal. The only difference is that it is less expensive in Portugal!
      Of course there are good things: the fresh fruit, the climate, some beaches (that we have to drive a lot to get there – from Luanda).

    • Paulo Mestre

      Compreendo que não se goste de ver exibidos aspectos negativos sobre um lugar de que se gosta mas, num país riquíssimo com uma taxa de mortalidade infantil de 78.26 mortes por 1,000 nascimentos ( e desceu bastante nos últimos anos) e uma esperança de vida de 55 anos ( esta parece subir pouco) deve ser díficil não ser submerso pelos aspectos negativos. Não faço ideia de qual seja a taxa de crime em Luanda mas, baseado apenas intuição, não será díficil imaginar que a afirmação de que será ” …as bad as any other country …” só poderá vir de um universo paralelo.