The first thing to notice in Luanda is the warm embrace of the African sun; it is blistering and the brightness overshadows everything in sight. Tucked away in Africa is the little appreciated capital of Angola, Luanda. Ripe from the end of a decades-long civil war, Luanda is a city on the rise. Yet Luanda is so much more than a post-war capital, it tells so many tales and all of them are worth exploring.
What does Luanda feel like? It feels like a painting of summer; palm trees, beaches, and fishing. Just like summer Luanda is under the thumb of the sun, sometimes the heat is positive and warm; and sometimes it is burning and frustrating. Ultimately just like a painting of summer, Luanda, with its beautiful colours and vibrant nights, is full of hope. Hope for what the city could be and hope for what it could mean to all of its citizens.