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... for shipping slaves. Today as we
set out to go to the old fort, we were distracted by the bustling
scene in the public market. Walking vendors carry most of their
wares on their heads. A woman selling cheap sandals has a bunch of
sandals on top of her head. Another woman selling vegetables has a
big basin full of various vegetables. One ...
We are on Santiago the main island of the Cape Verde (pronounced Cape Verd) archipelago, an ex Portuguese colony 300 miles off the Coast of West Africa. Our ship is docked in in Praia, the capital of the country. The people look very African but there is something European about the tourism. Certainly its a lot different from mainland Africa. On this island all the inhabitants look ...
... No fancy air conditioned coaches here, but small mini buses, our guide, Walter, had studied in Boston USA and was now back in his homeland attending university to become an English teacher. He was softly spoken but when you did catch what he had to stay it was very interesting.We took a walk through the cobbled streets passed old buildings with a lot of character but in desperate need of renovation in particular the military base which looked more like a scene from The ...
... very pleasant couple to form a team. Singer Pat Shannon arrived and the quiz took the following format: Pat would play the first few bars of well-known songs and you had to list the title as well as the artiste to gain a point for each, with a total of 15 questions (30 points).
When he started playing the tunes, some of the bar staff, as well as our team, started to sing along, much to the chagrin of some of the ...
... which flew past in a flash of brilliant blue. Santiago island has everything; mountains and valleys, rugged cliffs and beautiful beaches and sea views. Perched on the mountainside and down in the valleys were little farms and dwellings; however poor these people may be, no-one could take away the beauty of their surroundings – Mother Nature’s gift to them. :-)
Once again we stopped in a small village with a few shops and ...