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Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Santa Maria March 13th 2014

Hello again my fellow travelers! So, I'm back in Sweden after a somewhat tedious flight which was delayed with about an hour, but at least they showed a good movie on the flight that I hadn't seen before so some good, some less good. Since we arrived so late in Stockholm all the trains had already left but I was fortunate enough to get a ride to the bus-station by me ex-girlfriends ex and there I was given a free bus ride to my friends place by a very nice driver. He could probably see that I was tired and that I didn't know it wasn't possible to buy tickets on the bus. I arrived at my friends place at around 3 am and went straight to bed. Anyway. I enjoyed Cape Verde but, as I've ... read more
Mural
Tired Traveler
Mural

Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Espargos March 12th 2014

Hello my fellow globetrotting friends! Today we went into Espargos, the capital city of Sal, it's a quite small and quiet place really. There's no hustle and bustle here, no tourists, no stress and no sellers. Just everyday people getting on with their everyday lives, such a thing is always a pleasure to see as it feels more genuine, nothing put on spectacle to suit a tourists camera or envision of what the destination should be like, only reality. Getting there was interesting though, as we approached the minibuses we stopped in a clothing shop where Lisa found a dress she was interested in, I came inside for a while to act as taste/moral support but after a while I went outside as it wasn't quite my venue. When I looked over at the minibuses it ... read more
Minibuses
Espargos
Rare Meat!

Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Santa Maria March 11th 2014

Hello again my fellow travelers! Todays submerged escapades have come to an end. We went out with the submarine Neptunus (in honesty it's just a glass-bottomed boat) and took a look of the waters outside of Santa Maria. The tour was pretty short and only had three stops, although the two first ones were so close to each other that I didn't realize that there were two separate stops. Those were of two shipwrecks at just a few meters depth. There wasn't that much to see of it though and the water was murkier than I expected and even though I love shipwrecks these ones didn't rock my boat so to speak. The third stop was far more interesting! Beneath the waves is a statue of Jesus, called the Christ of the Seas. It was put ... read more
Christ of the Seas
Shipwreck
On the Neptunus

Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Santa Maria March 10th 2014

Hello my fellow travelers! Today has been a nice and calm day. Me and Lisa has pretty much just been laying around and reading all day. We did take a stroll down to the pier (dodging around the two main streets as best as possible to avoid all the sellers) to check up about going over to another island but it turns out that it costs almost as much as the whole trip combined which is just insane. We did however go down to the people that organize the glass bottomed boat tours and booked a tour on the Neptunus for tomorrow, I'm really looking forward to it even though it was a tad pricey. After we had booked our underwater adventure we sat down in a quiet restaurant and just reflected on events so far. ... read more
Pharmacy
Grogue!
Kids Playing Soccer

Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Santa Maria March 9th 2014

Hello all my fellow travelers! So, thus far this travel with my now ex-girlfriend has gone remarkably smooth, a few minor disagreements and such but nothing major. Far easier then one might expect, I'm happy about that since I'm not really in the mood for any arguments so I'm glad that they're far away from here! Today me and Lisa decided to get up early and take a nice stroll straight into the desert (which is only a few hundred meters from where we live). The scenery out there is very nice but unfortunately it's a bit spoiled by some trash that litter it. Still, we found a couple of nice places to sit down and read for a while as well as enjoy some refreshments. I rarely find the time to read on my travels ... read more
Desert Flower
The Desert
Dreaming of new Worlds

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Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Espargos March 8th 2014

Hello again my fellow travelers! Today me and Lisa took a great tour of the island of Sal. We went by a minibus so we were a small and manageable group. Our guide picked us up at our hotel and then we went by a couple other hotels until the whole group was together, around eight people I think. The tour began with Monte Leão, the lion mountain, which is located in the Murdeira Bay and it is a beautiful spot. According to our guide it is the most photographed spot on Sal, I don't know if it's true but it might be. We sat down here for a while and just enjoyed the view. The waters around here are swarming with urchins, the whole seabed is littered with them. From there we went to the ... read more
Pedra de Lume Salterns
Local Market in Espargos
Blue Eye

Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Santa Maria March 7th 2014

Hello there my lovely travelers from around the world! Today's African adventure is at an end. Today we was given a tour of the small town of Santa Maria so now we have learned where all we might need is located (although, seeing how you can walk from one end to the other in like 15 minutes we would probably have figured it out). It is as I said a very small town, you can easily explore it all in less than an hour. From walking around here today I have made a couple of small reflections though. First of all there are a lot of dogs here, but they are all very well tended to, not even remotely like it was in Romania. Here in Cape Verde dogs are much like our cats in Sweden, ... read more
Santa Maria and Baby Jesus
Castelos do Sal
Fresh Vegetables

Africa » Cape Verde » Sal » Santa Maria March 6th 2014

Hello my fellow globetrotters! Today, after a 7½ hour flight we finally arrived in Santa Maria, a small, charming town on the south tip of the island of Sal in beautiful Cape Verde. It is my pleasure to introduce a new travel partner to this blog as this time I have my now ex-girlfriend Elisabeth (henceforth called Lisa) with me for the trip. We actually booked this trip while we were still a couple and I can honestly say that I have no idea what to expect of this trip at this point since we haven't really spoken that much since the break-up. We're not on bad terms or anything, I guess it's just a natural effect of what's happened. I don't expect us to get the relationship back on track with this trip, I am ... read more
Urchin
Beautiful Patterns
A Hearty Meal

Africa » Cape Verde » São Vicente May 29th 2013

Sailing to Cape Verde We left the Canaries on Dec 15, 2011, and sailed to Sao Vicente in Cape Verde, and anchored at Mindelo on Dec 21. It took 6 days and for the first 5 days, the sail was very rough and nobody felt like eating much. I was very surprised that I was able to read my plant book, which has very small print, and felt fine during rough seas. We were going 10-14 knots with just the jib a bit rolled up, wind was around 35 knots and we had to roll in the jib a bit more for the autopilot to work. The boat made a record speed of 19.8 knots for a brief moment. I was on watch one night and it was all dark except for a light in the ... read more

Africa » Cape Verde » Brava October 15th 2012

Author's note: Since this piece was written in 2007, Brava is now served by a modern 'Fast Ferry' which has made the island more accessable to the rest of the archipelago. But this story should give the reader an idea of how things "used to be." We weren't taking any chances. Checking out of Pensao Paulo, in the old crater town of Vila Nova Sintra, my wife, daughter and I caught a ride taking us down the narrow, winding mountain road to Furna, the port of the island of Brava. Being the most remote island in the Cape Verde's, we thought it prudent to hang in Furna and wait for the twice weekly ship to Brava to dock. Schedules are sketchy. The locals had given us all kinds of time frames for the arrival of ... read more
Vila Nova Sintra
Furna
Farol Praia




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