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Africa » Cape Verde » Boa Vista April 1st 2017

Om wat meer van het eiland te zien, dachten we er in eerste instantie aan om een auto te huren. Maar ook dat is niet goedkoop en dan moet je nog zelf rijden ook! Dus een babbeltje gemaakt met een van de pickup-bestuurders die in het centrum rondhangen, hopend op een leuk ritje. Taxi’s zijn hier bijna allemaal pickups, met bankjes in de achterbak, dus kunnen er 9 mensen mee. Gewone taxi’s zijn er ook, maar minder. De meeste taxi’s rijden rond of staan bij restaurants in de hoop een vrachtje op te pikken. Ze hebben overigens alleen veiligheidsriemen voorin, achterin is niets.Onze keus voor een ritje viel op Michel, die een aardige kop heeft en wat Engels spreekt. De eerste rit ging naar de regio Norte in het noordoosten. ... read more
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Africa » Cape Verde » Boa Vista February 25th 2017

Boa Vista is ontdekt in 1480. De zeeman die als eerste dit eiland zag, riep: “Kapitein, goed zicht” (boa vista), in plaats van “land in zicht”, zo blij was hij dat hij land zag omdat er een vreselijke storm aankwam. Het was het vierde Kaapverdische eiland dat door de Portugezen ontdekt werd. Eerder waren Maio, Santiago en Fogo aan de beurt. Nu is het zo’n beetje gekoloniseerd door de Italianen. Italiaanse restaurants en ijssalons, Italiaanse constructiebedrijven enz. En een beetje door de Chinezen die bijna alle kleine winkels in handen hebben. Ik heb overigens liever met de Italianen te maken, ook al spreken de meesten van hen geen woord over de (hun) grens, dan met de Chinezen. De Italianen zijn over het algemeen vriendelijk, de Chinezen over het algemeen niet. Maar gelukkig hebben we tegenover ons ... read more
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Africa » Cape Verde » Saint Anthony February 22nd 2017

We take the dawn ferry from Sao Vincente to Santo Antao, our fourth Cape Verdian island. Thankfully, it is a calm sea. The island's hills are rugged, rocky and recently volcanic. We start along a cobbled track, they are common in Cape Verde. We are high enough to sometimes be in the clouds. Pine trees catch the moisture and drip on us. There is a huge view south over Sao Vincente, looking very small in the vast Atlantic. We climb over a ridge and the view changes. Below us is a deep ravine, maybe 400 metres down near-vertical sides. The sides are striated with different colours of rock and nestling at the bottom are small villages, each surrounded by terraced fields. It is a beautiful and arresting sight. We walk around the ravine rim and then ... read more
Village in a ravine
Grog still
Local young lady

Africa » Cape Verde » Fogo February 15th 2017

The island of Fogo is basically a volcano in the middle of the Atlantic. Its beaches are black volcanic sand, striking against the white surf and the blue sea. Portugal once sent convicts here and an eccentric French Duke set up home here in the 1870s, fathering at least 11 children and countless grandchildren.. Most of the island is the volcano's caldera. Sitting at about 1,750 metres it contained two small villages. The ground here is a mixture of volcanic sand, rough volcanic rock and heavy brown boulders. It looks like the moon. Our first walk takes us past the more recent eruption vents, 1995 and 2015. These both spewed molten lava into the caldera below. The paths of the lava are clearly visible. The 2015 eruption lasted 6 weeks and destroyed most of the buildings ... read more
Pico Fogo at dawn
The team
Grey headed kingfishers

Africa » Cape Verde » Praia February 9th 2017

Op het vliegveld van Praia (Santiago eiland), waaiden we zowat uit ons hemd. De wintermaanden zijn ook de windmaanden, maar het waaide harder dan anders vertelde iedereen ons (so what else is new!). Alle toeristen die nieuw waren in Kaapverdië en nog geen visum hadden, moesten er op het vliegveld een halen. Dat gebeurt bij de paspoortcontrole, in een aparte rij. We stonden al zo ongeveer een kwartiertje (het ging allemaal niet snel en er was maar een visumloket) toen een van het douanepersoneel ons uit de rij kwam pikken en naar voren leidde om snel aan de beurt te zijn. Waarom? vroegen wij (zonder te protesteren overigens). De leeftijd? Jaja, knikte ze. Het heeft wel eens voordelen om een grijze kop te hebben ;) Toen was het snel gepiept. Wat ze doen is een scan ... read more
stairway to heaven
markt van Praia
alles wordt op het hoofd gedragen

Africa » Cape Verde » Praia February 19th 2016

Friday 19th February, 2016. Praia Santiago, Cape Verde Islands We returned once more to this island nation, but this time to the island of Santiagu (Santiago) which is located between the islands of Maio (40 km west) and Fogo (50 km east) in the Sotavento Islands Group. Santiago was the first of the islands to be settled, the town of Cidade Velhabeing founded in Riberia Grande in 1462. Praia lies on the southern coast of Santiago and is home to the island's ferry port and one of the nations four international airports. It is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde. It is a commercial centre and a port that ships coffee, sugar cane and tropical fruits. It has a thriving fishing industry and lots of resort beaches nearby which make it a popular tourist ... read more
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17.  M, Eva and Frank at Cidade Velha

Africa » Cape Verde » Santiago January 27th 2016

Hello from Santiago island in Cape Verde (CV) , one of 10 islands once ruled by Portugal but independent since 1975. We are now firmly in the Tropics..300 miles from Senegal on the west African coast. CV is a friendly place pop. 128,000 with 58% of the population under 50 years. There are so many young people that children go to school in shifts the first from 07.30 to 13.00 and the second from 13.30 to 19.00. Could be a good idea for London! There is 25% unemployment but still very low crime rate this our guide thought was because no one goes hungry. They give food but not money to the unemployed. Most young people who may have gone to one of 4 universities on the island will move abroad to work. The climate is ... read more

Africa » Cape Verde » São Vicente January 18th 2016

Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands The westernmost promontory of Africa, Cape Verde gives its name to the group of islands almost 400 miles to the west. Mindelo, is the main town of St Vincent with picturesque and colourful Portuguese colonial buildings. Cape Verde became independent in 1975 from the Portuguese. The islands have led a chequered history, for along time the economy of the islands was based on little else but the slave trade, the islands being on the route from West Africa to the New World. Nowadays the economy depends on the airport on Sal, the port facilities in Mindelo and agriculture. Coffee and bananas are the main exports, with salt being produced on the island do Sal. Fishing is a flourishing industry and a by product from the volcanoes is exported to make cement. Arrived ... read more
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Africa » Cape Verde » São Vicente January 13th 2016

Wednesday January 13th, 2016. Mindelo, Cabo Verde Islands Cabo Verde is one of the smallest and poorest of the African nations, lying some 400 miles of tnly 9 of the 10 volcanic islands and 8 smaller islets have been settled. Mindelo is on Sao Vincente island and is the main town. Around 50,000 people live in Mindelo, representing almost 12% of the entire population of all the islands. The islands' name 'Cabo Verde' in Portuguese derives from their position lying off Cap Vert, the Dakar peninsula of Senegal. The islands gained independence from Portugal on 5th July 1975. The volcanic scenery is quite spectacular but the islands are extremely dry and have only 10% viable agricultural land and most of the food needs to be imported. The main crops that they can grow here are maize, ... read more
0.  Stewart and M using the Internet in Mindelo
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Africa » Cape Verde » São Vicente January 8th 2016

Cape Verde, Porto Grande Cape Verde was a Portuguese colony until 1975 when it gained independence. In 1990 they became a democracy. It is very hot, very dry and by our standards poor. The principal activity is fishing. One of the objectives of the tour we took was to view the island from the top of a mountain. Unfortunately the top was covered in clouds so only pictures from stops as we climbed and descended the mountain. The drive was very bumpy, but then most of the roads were bumpy.... read more
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