Cherry sent an email out with pics and a little info about the city she's living in: Maputo. Here's what I know about Maputo, courtesy of my other friend, Wikipedia:
Maputo, formerly Lourenço Marques/Lourenzo Marques, is the capital and largest city of Mozambique. A port on the Indian Ocean, its economy is centered around the harbour. It has an official population of approximately 1,244,227 (2006), but the actual population is estimated to be much higher because of slums and other unofficial settlements.And from Cherry:
Hey! Here’s what Maputo’s downtown area, just three blocks from my office, looked like yesterday!
It rained all morning. Maputo has no system for drainage so all the streets are flooded, water level reaching up mid-way on your car door, 1/2 of your colleagues can't get into the city, etc.
The first photo is the central market, where we buy our fresh veggies and fruits. It’s over 100 years old and was designed by Gustav Eiffel, the tower guy.
I will no longer complain because the bottom of my jeans are wet when I walk from the car to the store. Thanks Cherry!!