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Travel Blogs from Santa Maria
... whole crop of maize failed. They therefore have to import 90% of their food. Even their own fishing industry cannot sustain them as their fishing rights have been taken away from them and their abundant supply of fish from the deep ocean around them ends up costing them more than imported chicken.
Farmers struggle to keep their land irrigated to grow enough vegetables for themselves and market and many farmers have goats, a few cows ...
... was highly amused.
You may be wondering about Giva and Dizzy – they have settled into the rhythm of the ship well and continue to enjoy each other’s company. Giva did misbehave slightly and took my cruise card unbeknown to me, to buy Dizzy some Swarovski earrings for the Gala night. However she looked so gorgeous and he looked so handsome in his new Italian shoes that Marion had brought for him, that I couldn’t stay angry for long.
Well its time ...
- Stopped in Cape Verde Islands, traveled southwest and reached the coast of Brazil towards Cape St. Augustine
- The rest of the voyage was disrupted but claimed to continue South
... in Brasil afterwords people we didn't know would randomly yell ..' U-GANDA' at us!
On the 10th of November we crossed the equator - MSC had a Baptism by Neptune cermony to mark the occasion which involved having a ladle of water poured on your head and then kissing an octupus. I just watched ;)
Luckily as I wander around like an ant who's lost his trail, I bump into the uncle from that day! He shouts "ABIL!!!" (what feels like half way across town to someone used to quiet Swedes whose idea of an emotional outburst equals sending in a complaint to the local newspaper) and from around the corner comes the big serious man, his little boy Bruno lights up as he sees me. One out of two ain't ...